“His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”–Luke 3:17
Wouldn’t it be great if we could throw all our stuff into the air, let the wind take away our anxiety, our vices, and our problems and let all our joy, hope, peace fall back into our lives? Back in the day, winnowing was tossing both the wheat and the chaff into the air and letting the wind take the chaff as the grain fell back to the ground.
In Sunday’s Gospel lesson we hear John the Baptizer say that one is coming (i.e. Jesus) with a winnowing fork in had to separate wheat from chaff. When we are baptized in Christ, the Holy Spirit begins the daily work of transforming our lives to “hate what is evil and cling to what is good,” (Romans 12:9). May God continue to work in your lives through your baptism until the day Jesus comes again.