I am afraid that we don’t have a biblical reflection this week. To try to fill the gap, I thought that it would be good to present the scriptures in the rather marvellous translation of Mgr Ronald Knox.
I was tipped off about the Knox translation by the rather wonderful Catholic Bibles Blog and have come to appreciate reading the scriptures in a rather better translation than the version currently used at Mass (I find that the New Jerusalem Bible that we use in the UK is very flat and dowdy, especially when compared to the new translation of the Mass).
Baronius Press has very recently started printing a new edition of the Knox version, which can be found here. The whole of the Knox bible can also be found online at Newadvent.org.
Acts 8.5-8, 14-17
5 and Philip, who had gone down to one of the cities of Samaria, preached Christ there. 6 The multitude listened with general accord to what Philip said, as their own eyes and ears witnessed the miracles he did. 7 There were many possessed by unclean spirits, and these came out, crying aloud; 8 many, too, were healed of the palsy, and of lameness,
14 And now the apostles at Jerusalem, hearing that Samaria had received the word of God, sent Peter and John to visit them. 15 So these two came down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 who had not, as yet, come down on any of them; they had received nothing so far except baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then the apostles began to lay their hands on them, so that the Holy Spirit was given them,
1 Peter 3:15-18
15 enthrone Christ as Lord in your hearts. If anyone asks you to give an account of the hope which you cherish, be ready at all times to answer for it, 16 but courteously and with due reverence. What matters is that you should have a clear conscience; so the defamers of your holy life in Christ will be disappointed in their calumny. 17 It may be God’s will that we should suffer for doing right; better that, than for doing wrong. 18 It was thus that Christ died as a ransom, paid once for all, on behalf of our sins, he the innocent for us the guilty, so as to present us in God’s sight. In his mortal nature he was done to death, but endowed with fresh life in his spirit,
15 If you have any love for me, you must keep the commandments which I give you; 16 and then I will ask the Father, and he will give you another to befriend you, one who is to dwell continually with you for ever. 17 It is the truth-giving Spirit, for whom the world can find no room, because it cannot see him, cannot recognize him. But you are to recognize him; he will be continually at your side, nay, he will be in you. 18 I will not leave you friendless; I am coming to you. 19 It is only a little while now, before the world is to see me no more; but you can see me, because I live on, and you too will have life. 20 When that day comes, you will learn for yourselves that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 The man who loves me is the man who keeps the commandments he has from me; and he who loves me will win my Father’s love, and I too will love him, and will reveal myself to him.