A Collect for Laws to Be About Love

God of love, who reached down to us while we were unlovely and sinful, let not our hearts be dominated by rules and order, but give us hearts that are filled with love and compassion, not that we would dispense with laws, but that our rules would be ordered first by the love that you have shown to us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit is a friend to all those who will receive mercy. Amen. “T he Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’” – Matthew 11:19