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posted Jan 2, 2015, 12:52 PM by Church Office   [ updated Jan 2, 2015, 12:52 PM ]

The word "epiphany" means "to show forth." Epiphanies, both large and small, tend to be private events--yet events with great significance for the public. Trying to share the details with another of an epiphany is fraught with complications. The words are never quite right, and even the most sympathetic listener cannot fully bridge the gap between description and what is was like being there. Most of us keep our personal experiences of the Holy to ourselves. Who would believe it? And who would really understand? The irony is that epiphanies are made for sharing, even as they are impossible to communicate fully. Unlike the poor shepherds, the Magi had to travel a long road: they had to face adversity to reach their goal. It was anything but a romantic, sentimental pilgrimage that we often see in our manger scenes. The experience of the magi reminds us that all who make the tedious journey to the truth will finally encounter it and be changed in the process. They can never go back to a "business as usual" way of life. When we meet Christ and see who he really is, we will never be the same--and only then can we hope to begin to share in His mission. (by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB)