January 3

“Lord Jesus Christ, you who knew your fate beforehand and yet did not draw back, you who let yourself be born in poverty and lowliness and then, a sufferer, in poverty and lowliness carried the sin of the world until you, hated, forsaken, mocked, spat upon, finally even forsarken by God, bowed your head in that degrading death — but you lifted it again, you eternal victor, you who did not conquer your enemies in life but in death even conquered death! Forever victorious, you lifted your head again, you ascended one! Would that we might follow you!”

~Source: For Self-Examination: “Christ is the Way” (1851)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard