Lent is a season of gifts.
Think about it. Through prayer, meditation, fasting, and service we become what the Buddhists refer to as mindful. More aware is another way to put it.
Every person we encounter brings us gifts whether they be life’s lessons, a part of a culture with which we are not familiar, and countless others.
When we serve our neighbors we became aware that at one time or another we were an outsider — the one who was different, sometime it was a good experience, sometimes not.
Service enables us to recognize ourselves in our neighbor, even though our neighbors may be quite different in circumstances, race, religion, or sexuality.
What greater gift can we receive than to know that to know in our uniqueness we have a commonality with the world.