We try to defend ourselves from our enemies. And, certainly, threats abound in this fallen world. In defending the innocent from the malicious, moreover, we are in good standing with the Beatitude of 'thirsting for Justice.' Yet, too much human effort and not enough prayer, and sacramental seeking for Divine assistance, is dangerous.
For sin abounds in self-assertion gone astray.
“Run, tell this to that young man: People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country, because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst. But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.” Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15
When we protect ourselves, and our families from external threats, we are doing good. But all the human wisdom, and security systems, and fully stocked arsenals in the world come to nothing if we don't have the protection of Jesus Christ, in faith, hope, and charity, from all things internal and insidious. For the walls may come tumbling down. But if our hearts are built upon the Rock of Christ, our Life remains in the Almighty Father's Hand.
There, and only there, are we truly secure.
"The LORD shall ransom Jacob, he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror." Jeremiah 31:10-13
Jacob, son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham, was a huckster. In the power of the Almighty and Merciful God he became 'Israel,' he who struggles with God. And that's also our lot in life. For in grace, we as fellow hucksters in sin, struggle with God, not against Him, but against 'principalities and powers' which seek to do us eternally spiritual harm. And in the Sacramental Confession of the Catholic Church, through the working of the Holy Spirit, in the ministry of the successors to the Apostles, in Bishops and priests, Jesus transforms us and redeems us from the 'conqueror.'
For Sacramental Confession, in the design of Jesus' teaching, returns us into the sanctifying grace of the Life of the Trinity--Father, Son and Spirit.
"While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.' But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them..." Luke 9:43-45
Prior to Pentecost, and the sacred invasion of the Holy Spirit, the apostles and disciples were partially blind to the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. They, through no fault of their own, other than human weakness, were set on their own earthly vision of Jesus as a conquering earthly king and messiah. Likewise, in our sin, we are blinded to the working of God in our life.
Then lightning strikes as we repent, and confess, and convert to Jesus through the Mercy of God the Father...and in the Holy Spirit we begin to see.