|Published on Fri, May 29, 2020 3:00 PM|
Meditation for 30 May 2020 by Deacon Missy Couch
“Peace be to the whole community.” Eph. 6:21a
In this time of pandemic it is plain to see the disparity between the haves and the have nots. Hostility erupts in a society that ignores the marginalized. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians describes how the community is to take up the armor of God, addressing issues of conflict by working with God. The community is to become active in pursuing righteousness. God is calling us to a specific work: to speak the truth in love to one another by wearing the “gospel of peace.” In other words, we are to reconcile the world into one body by eliminating hostility. The armor of God is designed to help us stand fast—to hold against aggressive action. We put on the armor of God by perseverance and prayer so that we may proclaim the good news of the Gospel even in difficult times. The good news of Christ is that Christ died for us and is our peace. God has reconciled us to God’s self. Now we are to reconcile each of us to each other.
We will encounter difficulties, but this armor will defend us. None of us are lone warriors in the struggle to bring justice to the marginalized. The armor we put on is not for an individual but for a community. We work alongside one another as we work alongside Christ. In putting on the armor of God we are given truth, faith, peace, and prayer for our defense and strength. The only aggressive weapon in our armor is the sword of the Spirit which is proclaiming the Gospel. Our battle orders are to proclaim the message of Good News: that Christ has borne the sacrifice which redeems us from our sin. We are now to keep the feast: to pass on the peace of Christ which passes all understanding. I see St. John’s passing on that peace whenever we feed someone who is hungry. I see it when we house the homeless. I see it when we “bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted” and all for the love of God. May we continue to bring peace to our community.
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord (BCP, p. 99).
Deacon Missy Couch
Ezekiel 36:22-27 Psalm 107:33-43,108:1-6 Ephesians 6:10-24 Matthew 9:18-26