Choosing Christ

I Choose to Breathe the Breath of Christ

I choose to breathe the breath of Christ
            that makes all life holy.
I choose to live the flesh of Christ
            that outlasts sin’s corrosion and decay.
I choose the blood of Christ
            along my veins and in my heart
            that dizzies me with joy.
I choose the living waters flowing from his side
            to wash clean my own self and the world itself.
I choose the awful agony of Christ
            to charge my senseless sorrows with meaning
            and to make my pain pregnant with power.
I choose you, good Jesus, you know.
I choose you, good Lord;
            count me among the victories
            that you have won in bitter woundedness.
Never number me among those alien to you.
Make me safe from all that seeks to destroy me.
Summon me to come to you.
Stand me solid among angels and saints
            chanting yes to all you have done,
            exulting in all you mean to do forever and ever.

Then for this time, Father of all,
            keep me, from the core of my self,
            choosing Christ in the world.
-Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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