Epiphany? What is it? Why do we celebrate it?
On the Twelfth Day …
“Epiphany” comes from the ancient Greek and means a sudden, brilliant realization – the light bulb over cartoon characters’ heads when they experience a sudden revelation. Archimedes’ realization of how to determine the density of an object came in such a flash of brilliance, he wrote. Sir Isaac Newton experienced an epiphany when he suddenly grasped that a falling apple and Earth’s orbiting moon are both pulled by the same force – gravity. 3M-Scotch Tape chemist Arthur Fry describes his invention of the “Post-it Note” as a similar epiphany. The original January 6 epiphany was when the Wisemen suddenly realized the Babe in the manger was Almighty God who had come to live among us.