armor

BY CHRISTIAN SANDERS | March 26, 2021
Today’s Readings

As a child, I remember battling chickenpox. During that time my family had recently gifted me a children’s toy called “The Full Armor of God.” Despite being sick and upset that I couldn’t go to the mall with my dad and older brother Michael, I was comforted by putting my armor on, staying home, and doing the right thing to keep others safe. When I reflect over the readings of today and the season we have been in as a people, both domestically and abroad, I am reminded of this armor. 

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We are living during a time where a pandemic plagues us. Racial, social, and political unrest also plague our world. What do we do? How do we react? How do we approach each day? How do we work toward being active allies for our friends of marginalized communities? How do we promote civil discourse and bipartisan efforts in our political landscape? How do we advance conversations on injustice and amplify the voice of the silenced from our privilege points?

As I prepare each day to follow Christ’s example of peace and justice, I find myself placing on the Helmet of Salvation, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shinguards of Peace, the Belt of Truth, the Shield of Faith, and carrying the Spirit of the Word Sword, as I did as a child. This armor is figurative, as I seek to be a soldier in an army of peace and justice. I know I am part of a network of many who can be weighed down by the magnitude of the fight for social justice, however, as we look to today’s readings, we must be bold enough to call for action, fight against injustice, and uphold what we know to be right according to the Gospel. It may not always feel good while we are going through it, but the glory comes in doing the work.

I ask you to look at the ways that you can follow Christ’s example. It might be as simple as wearing a mask and socially distancing. It may be sharing your story or speaking up to bring other perspectives to the conversation. It may be silencing yourself in spaces or denouncing racism and extremist views. I do not have all the answers, but I do know that if we are grounded in the Gospel within these efforts, we can see a just world coming over the horizon.

For Reflection:

  • How are you called to follow Christ’s example of peace and justice today?

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    Cécilia says:

    We are living in a struggling time with the pandemic, the vaccins, a lot of unjustice, corruption especially in developing world.
    Pray God to give us men who will make peace and righteousness reign. And that I myself know how to look around me; that I intervene, when it is possible for me, to bring peace and justice, by showing God’s love.

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    Dr Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    Following peace and justice today is challenging. One needs to find the path of peace and justice and offer that path to others maybe by walking beside them, maybe by fasting from ourselves and focusing on the love of God in each person we see today. In our frustaration, we can offer our own sense of goodness in the world. The goodness that comes from fully attending to the needs of those who cannot express that sentiment to others. It is a time during this pandemic that we feel free yet strictly captivated. We have the thoughts and feelings of what we should do but are restrained by our feeling of being in a vice. The challenge is to reach beyond our preoccupations and find our God in the face of the other and invite them to share in that sacred place.

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    Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    Christian Sanders you are a well prepared combatant. I like your idea of getting on the front foot armed with the Helmet of Salvation, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shin guards of Peace, the Belt of Truth, the Shield of Faith, and marching imbued with the Spirit of the Word.

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