A Collect to Recognize True Righteousness

Lord God, whose nature and character is goodness, teach us to recognize what true righteousness is, that we would believe those who speak of your justice, mercy, and humility and seek to fulfill your righteousness on earth as it is fulfilled in heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in glory forever. Amen. ‘For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.’ – Matthew 21:32