Posted by: Titus Presler | May 23, 2010

Pentecost took place in “catholic” context, says preacher

A comment to the effect that the event of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2 took place in a “catholic” context  was one of many good things in the sermon preached by John Lawrence, interim rector, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., on Pentecost Sunday, May 23.  His point was that the gathering of people in Jerusalem for the festival was catholic in representing so much of the known world.  We often note the geographical diversity as prefiguring the future catholicity of the church, but terming that very gathering as “catholic” was a nice and provocative touch.  Of course, it was a Jewish gathering, and so it did not embody the Gentile mission, which was still in the future, but the festival crowd did showcase the catholicity of Judaism at the time.

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