Puny Mite, Poor Worm

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13 December 2018

When was the last time I thought of myself as poor worm? Why the image? Because I’m in need.

Here’s an interesting exercise. Count the number of times the personal pronoun – “I” – is used in the first reading today. 

Why is it used so frequently I ask? Because God thinks, knows and feels that I am in deep need:

I, the Lord, your God,
I am holding you by the right hand;
I tell you, ‘Do not be afraid,
I will help you.
Do not be afraid, Jacob, poor worm,
Israel, puny mite’” (Isaiah 41).


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