After having enjoyed a good meal, one usually feels strengthened, and can once again pursue one’s work with new energy. Although it may still take a little bit of time for the body to digest the food and convert it into energy through the metabolic process, one can often already feel the urge to immediately begin one’s work afresh—or get right back to the work one has interrupted—the moment the plate is empty and the serviette has been put aside. One is not merely satiated and content, but once again has the necessary energy and courage to take on new activities.
When we partake of Holy Communion, we supply new strength to our inner being, to the new creation that is constantly nourished and strengthened by the body and blood of Christ. This is something that we should be able to perceive somewhat more clearly in us: after the Lord’s Supper, after the divine service, we go back to our daily lives with new energy, and tackle the things that need to be tackled with new courage and power. It should be possible for people to see: “They have received new strength, namely the strength of the One who has overcome the world as victor, the One whom not even death could stop!”
For this reason, let us partake very conscientiously of this meal. Then its strengthening effects will also be manifest.