Friday, January 1, 2016

Jesus Christ’s Circumcision

The Mosaic Law commands the circumcision of all male children (Genesis 17:9-19, Exodus 12:43-49), which was performed on the eighth day after the birth of the child (Leviticus 13:3). This event took place in the Synagogue, in the morning. Jesus’ circumcision took place in the Synagogue in Bethlehem. St. Paul explains: “In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when toy were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him form the dead” (Colossians 2: 11-12). By this, Saint Paul wanted to claim that we are circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by the Holy Spirit.

Baby Jesus, being born during the epoch of the Old Covenant, was circumcised, following the Jewish tradition. Celebrating the circumcision of Jesus Christ is the Church’s answer to those who believe that Jesus was a mythical  person, or that he did not have a body (heresy of docitism).  

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