Read today’s Gospel lesson. Say p-e-r-s-i-s-t-e-n-c-e. Recall persistent people such as the hero warrior and first responder in uniform, the researcher who found a cure by returning to the lab day-after-day, the youngster in the classroom or on the field who would not stop trying. Think of the relationship between Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. The recovering addict, who lived a sober life one day at a time for decades. That married couple, the priest, brother, or sister who kept their vows. WOW! Their spirits could not be broken. Kinda makes you pause. Right? Isn’t that what reading the Gospel is supposed to do: “Kinda makes you pause”? If you are reading the Gospel and don’t pause, you aren’t reading the Gospel.