A Collect to Love the Lord Our God

O Lord our God, who is above all, incline our hearts to love you with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, that we would value what you value, and desire to be with you and follow you as you desire to be with us and lead us in great mercy and compassion, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who displayed your love to the end and ascended to you in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’”‘ – Mark 12:28-30