A Lenten Collect to be Drawn by Jesus’ Great Love

Merciful Jesus, who gave himself to such great suffering on our behalf, we are humbled by your immense love for your people, we who have forgotten and spurned you. May our hearts be drawn by your consistent and patient love, that we would gladly receive from you whatever you have for us and desire earnestly to cling to you for our very lives, through you who lives with the Father and Holy Spirit in perfect love, world without end. Amen. ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!’ – Luke 13:34