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 flask . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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