A Lenten Collect to Cease Clinging

Great Teacher, who spoke words of perfect wisdom to your people, show us where we cling to our lives to our own detriment, that we might let go of those things that hinder us and receive the true life that you have promised, through you who gave your life and was raised again to the Father’s side in the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”‘ – Mark 8:34-35