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

By December 24, 2014 Q&A

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.


2 Comments

  • Jay BEgna says:

    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!

  • Jovita Novis says:

    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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