Tender Father, Desire of our heart, One who is love: let it be our intention this new year to fall more and more in love with you; that we might love you with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Let our hearts be firmly fixed on you, our thoughts be your thoughts, your words be on our lips when we rise and when we rest, that we might say with the Psalmist, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you.” Lord, I pray we thirst after you and love you so utterly and completely. May the fullness of that love overflow into all aspects of our lives; so that all that we do is done in love. Let the command to love you above all empower us to love our neighbor, love our fellow brother and sister in Christ, and love our enemy. May our love be perfected by the power of your Spirit so that we are emboldened to love unconditionally. Father, guide us as we live out our love, empower us to love fearlessly, lead us to be “love in action” for the glory of Your name.
We pray this in the name of the One who loves so abundantly that He laid down His life for the sake of all humanity: your Son and our king Jesus. Eucharistos. Amen