“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph 6: 13-17)
I note today that while St. Paul uses military imagery here, he is actually making a point about peace; about “the gospel of peace.” He is calling me to peace with the people in my visible surroundings, reminding me that any loss of peace/disturbance I experience, seemingly on account of others, is in me, in my heart. “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against… the spiritual forces of evil...” (Eph 6: 12)
Today if I feel frustrated, angry, or annoyed with any people, institutions, or situations in my life, I am reminded to look inside myself, and shed the light of the “gospel of peace” on my part in any circumstance or relationship. This doesn’t mean that I have to pretend that others around me are perfect, but I am not called to control their journeys. I am called to take care of my part, with His help, with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” which clothes me in truth, righteousness, faith, and the rest of “the whole armor of God.” I let Him arm me today, in His peace.