An experience of sudden and striking realization – a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
What is more commonplace than the birth of a child? Epiphany officially closes the season of Christmas and celebrates the visit of the Wise men from the East and the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,* and have come to pay him homage.’ …they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped,* they were overwhelmed with joy. Matthew 2:1-10