1 "Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: ‘When a woman gives birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her menstruation she shall be unclean.
6 When the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting a one year old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering. 7 ‘Then he shall offer it before the Lord and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, whether a male or a female.
8‘But if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”
(Book of Leviticus Chapter 12)
My question is, is the price of a one year old lamb so high that St.Joseph cannot afford to buy it? It would be a stain in the dignity of a just man not able to be a good provider for his family. I mean St.Joseph had a decent job as a carpenter and he has nine months to pull out resources for the offering. I just don't believe the idea that somehow they neglect an important offering and prepare or plan for it fulfillment ahead is somehow neglected considering they are both known to virtouos in obedience & humility.
Is one of the biblical reason why they don't need to offer a one year old lamb is because they already have the "Lamb of God"?
What I'm looking for, is a biblical commentaries or Church teaching that the reasoning of cannot afford to buy a one year old lamb is not true and that a deeper biblical meaning exists.
Catholic commentaries on the real biblical reasons why Joseph & Mary only offered or preferred to offered two turtle doves. Is the two turtle doves connotes a prophetic or some mysterious message?