oiled well and kept in good running condition.
That runs good when necessary
whose pistons will never crack.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like dirt, which the air filter removes.
Therefore, in a check-up
the dirt will be no more,
nor the grime, in the motor of man.
For God, the mechanic, watches closely,
so the dirt and grime will be no more.”
- Torah, God’s law, divine Wisdom, pouring Itself out in the creation of the natural world and of humankind;
- the life-giving Blood of Jesus which the Epistle to the Hebrews refers to as “a better word than the blood of Abel” and as “the new and living way... opened for us”;
- and, finally, the waters of Baptism where, as the Book of Common Prayer says, we’re “sealed by the Holy Spirit [often symbolized as Sophia/Wisdom]...and marked as Christ’s own for ever”. The celebrant also prays that we be given “an inquiring and discerning heart, [and] the courage to will and to persevere…and the gift of joy and wonder in all [God’s] works.”