But Jesus, our brother whom we crucified on the stake of our ignorance, makes all things new and says to us, "this is how it's supposed to be" as he washes our feet and heals the wounds we've inflicted on ourselves. "This is what the image looks like," he says as loves and liberates his own enemies, as he touches the lepers and welcomes the sinner, as he opens his arms to the poor and feeds the hungry. He demonstrates the image and defeats the powers that work against us... even our own powers. He heals the scars and mends the brokenness. He puts us back together and wipes the stains from your image. He replaces our selfishness with compassion and our laziness with passion.
Holy Spirit, help us! If we're left to our own abilities, our own strength to follow Jesus, how quickly we'll forget and return to our folly. Holy Spirit, let us breathe you in and help us to reject this polluted air we've created. Create in us a new heart, a soft heart, a clean heart--the heart that Jesus offers us through his saving work on the cross. Make us new, God.
In Jesus' wonderful name. Amen.