A Collect for Compassion and Empathy

God of justice, who attends to even the fallen sparrow, forgive us for our brutality toward one another. Soften our hearts, that we would feel compassion and empathy toward each one created in your image and emulate the love you have shown us, through Jesus Christ the Holy One, who with you and the Holy Spirit was and is and is to come. Amen. ‘ When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.’ – Matthew 21:34-35