A Collect to Escape Vanity and Glory

Lord Jesus Christ, who modeled for us humility and the security of knowing the Father’s love, keep us from vanity and pride that might cause us to seek attention and glory. Do not let us be condemned by the neediness of our hearts, but teach us the contentment and humility that you showed us in taking on our flesh, through you who lives with the Father and Holy Spirit in perfect love forever. 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! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”‘ – Mark 12:38-40