Scripture Reading: Psalms 84:7
Strength is necessary for life and living. For every human activity upon the surface of the earth, strength is necessary or needed. For without strength, we can do nothing and are incapacitated. In physical life, to gain strength we need to eat food and drink and rest. A hungry man or woman cannot work well. If he/she even attempts to work, the person would be drained of strength in no time. To proceed on working from that stage forward, the person is bound to collapse, faint or even die. The same is true of water, water is necessary for life. There is the Latin adage that goes: “Aqua Vita Est’’ —“water is life.” This underscores the indispensability of water for life. It is both a religious and scientific fact that there is nothing that has life that does not have or contain water in it. (including plants and animals)
I remember one experience while on holidays during my secondary school days. We used to have a farm that was very far away from home. There were not many vehicles in our place then. So, we trekked the long distance of about 20km. We used to farm beans every September (during the July-September break in the secondary school calendar of my state) and usually it is ripe for harvest in December. There was this day that we harvested and pounded the beans in the farm and realized about two bags of 50kg. Of course, we had to convey everything home. So, there was already enough load for everyone to carry. We made sure to eat before beginning the journey. Having worked that day before the load-carrying, I was so exhausted that I could no longer lift my legs to move forward. My dad encouraged me to keep going; but because I was too tired l fell down in a heap. I had to rest, drink some water and eat before I could continue the rest of the journey home.
Beloved, are you exhausted and burnt out? And you are no longer strong to go on? Know that Jesus, who is both the bread of life and the living water, is the only one that can strengthen you, give you rest, refresh you and renew your strength now that you are exhausted. For He says, “Come to me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give rest. (Mt. 11:28)
Without the living water, we suffer spiritual dehydration. We get drained spiritually. In our dryness, it is only God who can water our life and enable us with His strength so that we come to live, move and walk from strength to strength. (Gal. 5:25) It is only in God that we can gain the true strength that we need
for both our spiritual and physical life. This is what scripture says about believers. “They go from strength to strength till each appears before God in Zion.” Psalms 84:7 To grow from strength to strength is to gradually become successful and to develop or progress with increasing success with ever increasing success in our life. St. Paul says in 2 Cor. 3: 18, “All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into His likeness in an ever greater degree of glory.” In His glory, there is strength and this can only come about if we open our hearts and search for Him who is the Bread of life and the Living water.
Brethren, if physical food and water and rest are necessary for strength in order to function in physical life, all the more necessary it is for us to survive spiritually on spiritual food, drink and rest. The Body of Christ is real food and His Blood is real drink that will nourish our life till eternity. It is in God that we can find this. Jesus is God. He is ready, ever ready to give us this when we approach Him in the Eucharistic sacrifice. The question now is: are we ready to be strengthened by Him?
Phil 3: 3-8a; Ps 105: 2-3. 4-5. 6-7; (R.3b); Accl Mt 11:28; Lk 15: 1-10
- MARTIN DE PORRES
- Thank God for His goodness to you. Thank Him also for the promise of success that comes through growing from strength to strength.
- Pray to God today. Say: “Lord, strengthen my communion with You.” (Take this prayer seriously.)
- Pray that God strengthens you in your vocation, career, and family.
- Pray for strength for all weak Christians that God will strengthen and lift them up.
- Pray for the Daily Strength family that God will make us grow from strength to strength.
Exercise: Today, assist someone in need with the strength that God has given you.
Memory Verse: Isaiah 40:31