“Your faith has saved you.” A simple statement, yet extraordinarily complex. This has to be one of the most challenging of Jesus’ sayings. What is faith in this story? Everyone of us, in our given context, can articulate what faith is all about. It could be on how a nurse cares for some patients. It could also be on how a school teacher teaches the children. And, on how a preacher delivers a sermon.
Faith is the execution of a belief. Faith is about putting into motion a principle. Faith is an expression of an ideology. Faith starts with a prayer and continues with every deed in our daily lives. It is about proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. We were tasked to get this done collectively. And it is always done in the name of Jesus Christ.
In our gospel today, once the unnamed woman learned that Jesus is in the city, she displayed her faith in Jesus through action. She was proactive in expressing her desire to be recognized by Jesus. In spite of the criticism she heard, she kept her focus in accomplishing her goal. And that is to be saved through faith.
What is the level of our perseverance when it comes to putting our faith into motion? How far we would go to express our ideology in the Christine faith? Faith is about proper execution and accomplishing the goals set by God for us to act on. Faith involves prayer and action. Faith is a movement that will build up the kingdom of God.
And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace”