"And he told them many things in parables, saying..." -Matthew 13:3
"O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest they only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." The Collect for the Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. 1928 BCP.
I wrote a term paper this past semester defending historical narrative as an answer to the question "How?" (rather than "Why?"). It is Epiphany Season. I am thinking, again, about the connection between story and truth.