Jesus reminds us that those who give freely of themselves without expecting anything in return will receive their reward at the resurrection from the dead.
The Sacred Season of Lent and Death to Self
In many ways, Lent is about dying: dying to self as you embrace the cross of Christ; dying to the world as you live as a citizen of heaven; dying to material wants and sensual pleasures that you may be raised by God to new heights; dying to fleeting things that you may take hold of eternal life. And all along, it is God who sustains you, gives you strength and directs your path. Lent, then, is a journey into the wondrous and beautiful heart of God.