Jesus tells a parable of a hateful judge who is worn down by a widow’s pleas. Jesus is calling God’s people to cry out for justice and deliverance. For if an unethical judge will ultimately grant the plea of a persistent widow, how much more will God respond to those who call. Pray always. Do not lose heart. This is the encouragement of the Christ of the gospel today. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed. Wrestle with the word. Remember your baptism again and again throughout each day. Come regularly to Christ’s table. Persistence in our every encounter with the Lord will be blessed. The parable’s one point is that God hears the cries of people and responds to them without delay. Are we as quick to wait for God’s answer to our prayers?