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Just as farmers all around the world have to test and treat their soil so their seed will produce a fruitful harvest, so, too, should we check and manage the Spiritual condition of our hearts. Ideally, we'll live with humility -- realizing everything and everyone are gifts from God; revering Him; and seeking to know and do His will. Continually preparing our hearts to receive and live out God's Word -- and the example of Jesus' life, which is described in the Bible -- will be key to living a humble and fruitful life.
Interestingly, the root word for humility is humus -- meaning "of the earth" or the rich "organic components of soil.' Good soil produces fruit when it receives good seed.
The Parable of the Sower illuminates this lesson. Making sure our hearts are full of humility can help us live fruitful lives. Lives seeking to know and live like God, based on receiving the seed of His Word; reciprocating back to God for all His incredible gifts to us; and doing this by "re-gifting" (or sharing) the many gifts He's given us -- to show others love. Now, that's fruitful living.
This Bible study was developed at the request of Father Leo Walsh, Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C