The Gospel of the day (Luke 3, 23–38; 4, 1)

The genealogy of the Saviour

23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josek, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon,[a] the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram,the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness

The birth from eternity of the Son

Origen, About principles, The Ist book, IX, 2, in Church Fathers and Writers (1982), vol. 8, p.64

If somebody sustained that Wisdom hadn`t existed before but it came into existence later on , that person should tell us why the Father Who gave its being hadn`t created it earlier?

If He set at a certain moment a beginning for it when this breath came out of the power of God then we will ask him once more why didn`t that thing take place before that beginning they speak about?

Searching farther on and on for what had happened before and pushing farther on the questions, we will come to understand that, as God had never been lacking power or will, there had never been any reason for God for not doing the good He willed. This fact shows that this breath of the power of God has always existed and has never had any other beginning than God in person.`

Saint Athanasios the Great, Three words against the Arians, the Ist word against the Arians, XI, in Church Fathers and Writers (1987), vol. 15, p. 166

Say therefore you unfaithful and defamers what was it there when the Son was not? If you say there was the Father your blasphemy is even greater as it is not allowed to be said that He existed once. Once shows when He was. But He has always been and He is today as well if the Son is too. For He is what He is if He is the Father of the Son.`


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