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Epiphany Times Three
by Kathrin Burleson
Watercolor, 2007, 8″ x 10″
“You have had an epiphany,” remarked my friend when I told her about my decision to become a Catholic Christian almost 16 years ago.
Perhaps I’d heard the word before but certainly it was not one used in my every day thoughts or speech or that of the people around me. I was silent so long that she thought I’d hung up. Deciding that the word meant seeing something in a new way or was perhaps synonymous with enlightenment, I finally agreed that yes, I guess I had an epiphany.
But this is a word for which there are few, if any, synonyms.
Marking the end of the Christmas season in the Christian liturgy, Epiphany Sunday is celebrated 12 days after Christmas and celebrates 3 events in the life of Christ: the incarnation of Christ-Emmanuel-God is here, the miraculous star which led 3 wise men on a long journey to seek the Messiah of the world. Frequently symbolized by an earthenware container, Epiphany celebrates a 3rd event- the beginning of Christ’s mission on earth. His conversion of vats of water used to wash the dusty feet of desert walkers into the finest wine of any served before.
My long ago interpretation of the word epiphany with my friend was not wrong: ‘seeing things in a new way’or ‘enlightenment’ but it lacks the essence of the meaning of the word: the person of Christ, the baby and Christ the man. The very Person through whom we see things in a new way; the Person who enlightens.