My Dad and the Canaanite Woman

Years ago during a job interview something unexpected happened, I began to cry. Yeah, I cried during a job interview. What caused such a moment? Talking about my Dad.

The moment unfolded while discussing role models. My father has always been my first role model. He taught me how to be a good Christian, husband and father. He taught me that to die for God and family was more important than to live for myself.

During the interview, I was mentioning when my father sold our family car so we can have clothes for school. Since then, my Dad has been my hero. I guess crying during the job interview was the most public way to thank him for all his sacrifices.

You may wonder why I am mentioning this story. Today, while listening to Fr. Barron’s homily on the Canaanite women’s faith (Matthew 15:21-28), tears began to flow as I reflected on this woman’s love for her daughter. Like my father, the Canaanite woman understood that having faith is more important that pride. That to place our family first is more important than ourselves. To me that is the message of today’s gospel; a the lesson my Dad has taught me all my life.

By the way, I did not get the job, but I became a better man!

 — God, I give my heart to you this day; may you will it to please you.–