On the passage from, "But, when the days of his circumcision were fulfilled," to the point where it says, "a pair of turtle doves or two young doves."
WHEN CHRIST DIED, "he died to sin"1.--not that he himself sinned; "for he did not commit sin, and treachery was not found in his mouth."2. He died so that, once he had died to sins, we who were dead might no longer live to sin and vices. Hence Scripture says, "If we have died with him, we shall also live with him."3. So, when he died, we died with him, and, when he rose, we rose with him. So too we were circumcised along with him. After the circumcision, we were cleansed in a solemn purification. Hence, we have no need at all for a circumcision of the flesh. You should know that he was circumcised on our account. Listen to Paul's clear proclamation. He says, "All the fullness of divinity dwells in him bodily. You are filled in him, who is the head of every rule and power. In him you have been circumcised by a circumcision done without hands, when the body of the flesh was despoiled in the circumcision of Christ. We were buried with him in Baptism, and we have risen up with him through faith in the work of God, who raised him from the dead."4. Therefore, his death, his resurrection, and his circumcision took place for our sake.
2. Scripture says, "When the days for circumcising the child had been fulfilled, his name was called ' Jesus,' which he had____________________