Epiphany literally means “to shine upon.” (We need some shining upon this morning! Sloppy driving, be careful.)
A Jewish philosopher named Emmanuel Levinas said “that the only thing that really converts people is an encounter with the face of the other.” That is the wonderful good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God was given a face and a heart. God became someone we could love. Theologians describe God as the Ground of all Being, the First Cause, a moral force, Higher Power, etc… All well and good. But most of us do not “fall in love” with an abstract idea. We fall in love with other people. In Jesus, God incarnate, God in-the-flesh, God became a person that “we could hear, see with our eyes, look at, and touch with our hands.” (I John 1:1) Thanks be to God for this epiphany!