When I was younger one of my favorite books was Tip O’Neill’s Autobiography Man of the House. There is a lot of great stuff in it but the bit that sticks in my head the most is a piece of advice that a young Tip received from Boston’s famous or infamous mayor James Michael Curley which I will paraphrase here:
He told Tip that all kinds of people, rich and poor, famous and anonymous will come to him for help. Sometimes they will ask for something easy and fast and sometimes hard and time consuming but whatever they ask you for, whether you think it’s trivial or not to them it will be the most important thing in the world and if they could handle it themselves they would, so no matter what they ask, do your best to serve them.
This is great advice for a christian. How many times do we dismiss concerns and problems that others bring to us not realizing how important those things are for the person bringing them to our attention?
So as we enter the home stretch of Lent let’s resolve to keep an open ear and mind when someone comes to us for help and as Mayor Curley said to Tip, do our best to offer Christian compassion and service.