The meaning of Epiphany

Many of us were introduced to Epiphany through the familiar silhouetted-image of Three Wise Men bearing gifts as they followed the Great Star by night. The word epiphany means appearance or manifestation.

Popular usage likens epiphany to words such as eureka or aha! Use of this word by some English speakers conjures images of having a light bulb turned on, or of being able to see something that was once hidden from view. The texts for the Sundays after the Epiphany dramatize the many ways that people came to understand who Jesus was, through his baptism, the miracle at the wedding, or through that bodacious declaration in his hometown synagogue. But, this ever-widening circle of revelation began ‘outside the circle’ of Judaism, so to speak, with the Magi.

Their greatest gift comes in the form of a realization. The Wise Men were the first Gentiles to recognize that Jesus belongs to everyone. Good news is for everyone, not just a select few.”

This is an excerpt from an article found at http://www.gbod.org/resources/epiphany-reflections.