At the Presentation, why did Mary make a sin offering (Lk 2:24, Lv 12:8) if she was without sin?




Full Question

At the Presentation, why did Mary make a sin offering (Lk 2:24, Lv 12:8) if she was without sin?

Answer

For the same reason Jesus was baptized by John, though he had no sins to repent. Mary fulfilled the Law.

According to Leviticus 12:2-8, a mother was purified forty days after the birth of a son, and she was required to offer a lamb as a burnt offering and a young pigeon or turtledove as a sin offering. A poor woman could substitute another pigeon or turtledove for the lamb, thus offering two of them.

The purification had to do with ritual uncleanliness and didn’t imply a moral fault in childbirth. As Jesus would later, Mary fulfilled all the precepts of the Law, which, clearly, wasn’t written to make allowances for a sinless man (the Messiah) or his sinless mother.






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2 comments

  1. Jay BEgna Reply

    The sin against the holiness of marriage is adultery which leads to divorce-and God said-He is against divorce-but because of the hardeness of the hearts of the people he allowed it!

  2. Jovita Novis Reply

    Because of Adam we are all born in sin, including Mary. In the Magnificat Mary herself says that she is giving birth to her Savior!

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