L. Lord Jesus Christ, through the image of your heart, you have revealed your overwhelming love for us.
A. We honor your divine love. You were driven by it. You the eternal Word of the Trinity, took the form of a slave, to be recognized in your manner and bearing as really human.
L. We respect that holy love which inflamed and spurred you to proclaim your Father to the world, to do his will always, to offer yourself as a pleasing sacrifice to God the Father for our salvation, and to consider us worthy of your service.
A.We honor your human love, which you experienced while living as a man among us: when you were thrilled with joy because you were filled with the Holy Spirit; when you were plunged into sorrow, great enough to break your heart.
L. And so we know that, although you are God and eternal Love, you love your Father with a human heart as well, and you love people as your own brothers and sisters.
A. Grateful and full of confidence we surrender ourselves to you, since we are sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any creature can separate us from God’s love for us, which is in you, O Lord.
L. You promised streams of living water to those who come thirsting and drink. See our joy as we drink saving waters from your font. This is the source from which we are filled with grace and every blessing from heaven.
A. Grant us the great gift of your love which is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Inspired by the Spirit, may we better understand how deeply you want to be loved by us, with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength.
L. With your help may we follow your new commandment, the law to love all, so that everyone will know from this that we really are your disciples.
A. Your love impels us not to live for ourselves but for you because you died for us and rose again. We are as tools in your hands, serving your sacred ministry of proclaiming to every nation in the world the good news from God. With a word the Almighty can accomplish immeasurably more than we could ask for or even dream of. Glory to him in his Church, in you Lord Jesus, and in all peoples, through endless ages. Amen.