Faith, justice and unity still matter. So too do prudence, charity and patience. The latter are not chains upon the former. They are channels that direct them to their source in God.
What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Jesus lived and preached it — all the way to the cross.
Jesus went to his death trusting in the love of his father. That was the wisdom he preached, both in the words he used and in the witness that he gave.
Our words might seem to offer so little to those whom we love. Yet because they are spoken in Christ, because they are taken up into the sound, clarity and truth of his voice, they have their effect.
The Israelites are quite like us. They intend to offer a response that is steadfast but their own humanity, under the siege of sin, fails them.
Through us, as through the Virgin, Christ intends to touch and transform creation, to bless it and to make it holy.
St. Thomas teaches that a brute animal, who might consume the body and blood of Christ, would not receive Holy Communion, because sacraments are ordered towards faith.