Epiphany is from a Greek word meaning to "reveal" or "make manifest." Epiphany is the manifestation of the divinity of Christ to all. It marks the peak of the Christmas season and commemorates the visit of the Magi to the holy child. It is also the story of the revelation of God and of God's love in the holy child Jesus born in Bethlehem. The revelation is meant for all people, as symbolized by the arrival of the visitors from far, far away.
On the Festival of Epiphany, Jan. 6, we hear the reading of the visit of the wise men (Matt. 2:1-12). In that event, these foreigners bowed down in acknowledgment that this infant was indeed the Christ, the Son of God.
The Sunday after Epiphany we hear the story of the Baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:15-22). Here, God the Father confirms this man standing in the water is His beloved Son. The following Sunday we hear the story of Christ's first miracle, the changing of water into wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). Through this event, Jesus revealed his glory and his disciples put their faith in him.
The season of Epiphany is our time to focus on the revelation of "who" Jesus is: both true God and man.
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship Him" Matt. 2: 1-2
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