A Collect to Escape the Lure of Status

Lover of our souls, who does not despise us for our weaknesses, free us from the temptation to find our value in status and the esteem of many, but give us contentment with where you have placed us, trusting in your love to sustain us and in your timing to lift up the broken and needy, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, world without end. Amen. ‘As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!”‘ – Mark 12:38-39