Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built.
Freed from Babylon, Jewish exiles returned and rebuilt the temple and Jerusalem, but not without opposition. They worked with swords girded on their sides. They were builders who wore swords and soldiers that learned to shovel.
When Jesus commissioned his disciples, he sent them out into the Ruin of Humanity, wielding the Word, building churches with Baptism.
Now in the ruins of the West, we build again.