Q. I’ve been reading the book of Acts especially chapter 1 and 2 looking for something that suggests that Mary the mother of Jesus was also there on the day of Pentecost. Its seems as if I read something like that in the bible and now I’m really struggling to get it. Please help me if you can.
A. This is a Catholic tradition that you didn’t read in the Bible. It’s based on the fact that all the disciples, including Mary and the other women associated with them were together in the upper room on the day of the Lord’s ascension (Acts 1:12-14). Luke 24:53 says the disciples were at the temple continually after that.
Then in Acts 2:1-2 we’re told they were all together in one place on the day of Pentecost. It doesn’t identify who was present or where that place was. Some Catholic theologians claim that it was the same Upper Room, and speculate that Mary was there and spoke in tongues with the others. The Bible says it took place in the house where they were sitting (as opposed to the upper room where they were staying in Acts 1:13), and does not mention Mary there or anywhere else after Acts 1:14. So, while some or all of the Catholic tradition may be true, it can’t be confirmed with Scripture.