A Collect to Love the Unlovely

Loving God, whose judgements are righteous but filled with mercy, keep us from dismissing and disparaging others because of their sin and foolishness, but help us to love them even as you love them with the hope that they might yet turn to you and accept your invitation of love, through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit loved us when we were unworthy. Amen. ‘All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” … Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.”‘ – Luke 19:7, 9