Starting in January, we celebrate the season of epiphany. This is a season in the church year that begins with the celebration of Jesus being revealed by the visit from the magi. It continues with stories throughout the life of Jesus, as Jesus is revealed to all of us and as Jesus reveals to us what it means to follow him.
Wikipedia states that an epiphany is an experience of a sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally follow a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding.
Our hope is that this season of worship we call epiphany brings new insights and new ways of seeing ourselves, the world and Jesus.