In the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner. This was emphasized for two reasons: First, because the Jewish people themselves had once been foreigners and immigrants. Second, they believed that God’s revelation, most often, comes to us through the stranger, in what is foreign to us.
Looking back over Lents past, I have to admit my most meaningful Lenten experience happened when I spent the week before Easter in the hospital with my youngest son. It was certainly unexpected, but life doesn’t ask you if you’re prepared before it throws the unexpected your way.
My personal "immigrant" experience is very mild. I was almost 12 when the family moved from the Midwest to the Northwest.
For a number of years I have been seeing double. I discovered I was seeing double when our parish bell choir played for Mass. I could see all my handbells, my gloves, the pages of my music, and the director.