The word epiphany derives from a Greek word that means manifestation. We celebrate the discovery of the Incarnation of God in the infant Jesus today, with that infant being found by three travelers termed "wise". The word epiphany has come to be defined as having a moment of revelation - a clearness of thought - a deep understanding of something that had been hidden. I like to think of "epiphany" as being an "aha" moment: a time when woolheadedness is replaced with clear thinking and understanding.
These moments don't come all that often in life. We need to cherish them when they do, recognize them when they occur, and incorporate those understandings into our way of being in the world. We can re-live and re-appreciate those aha moments if we manage to accomplish that incorporation. Perhaps we might be called "wise" then.
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