Choosing Christ

I Choose to Breathe the Breath of ChristI 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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