In the gospel today, Jesus explains the mystery of faith. By night, Nicodemus comes to Jesus with pressing questions. He wants to know the nuts and bolts of coming to faith. “How,” he asks, can these things be?” So Jesus answers the riddle. “Nicodemus, it comes from above” – the Greek word is anothen – “from above Nicodemus! You can’t do it for yourself, Nicodemus. It’s out of your control!” anothen – it’s the word Matthew uses when at the moment when Jesus breathes his last and the veil in the temple is ripped in two – anothen – from above, top to bottom.