“Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once” (Matthew 15:28).
If the disciples modeled anything consistently during the ministry of Jesus, it was “little faith.” Thus, Jesus’ acknowledgment of “great faith” captures our attention. Only one other occasion does he describe someone’s faith as great —Matthew 8 and the Roman centurion. It is especially noteworthy that great faith emerged not from individuals raised in “church,” people steeped in religious tradition, but from those of pagan and gentile backgrounds. These people have not yet been blinded by the structures and systems of institutional religion and possess, instead, a single-minded focal point — the person of Jesus Christ.