The Reader of Hearts by Patrick Henry Reardon

AS IT IS WRITTEN by Patrick Henry Reardon

The Reader of Hearts

Two narratives in the Gospel of St. Luke share a number of resemblances that should prompt a careful reader to compare them: the account of the paralytic lowered from the roof (Luke 5:17–26) and the story of the woman who washes the feet of Jesus with her tears (7:36–50).

Each story begins with Jesus seated in a house among a group of people. He is teaching in the first scene, and in the second he is eating in the home of a Pharisee named Simon.

Then, into each scene another individual is introduced: the paralytic lowered through the roof, and the woman who enters carrying "an alabaster f . . .