I did enough landscaping during summers in high school to know what rich soil is—dark, damp and full of nutrients. You find it and think, excellent! Things are going to work out here. But if the seed to be sown is the word and we are the soil, what is it that makes me able tobear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold”?

I don’t know if there is an easy answer. I think that work, patience, and trust are what the gardener uses to nurture his soil, and I think that is what we need to develop ourselves. What can I focus on today that will make me richer soil for the Lord to work through?

Connor Walters is a communications coordinator at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He also coaches rowing and co-moderates the school’s Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless.