"His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." John the Baptist (Luke, 3:17)
The Apostles and the followers of the Christ from the beginning of the establishment of primitive organizations of the evangelical movement, referred to Him by diverse names.
Jesus was called Master, Pastor, Messiah, Savior and Prince of Peace. All of these titles, are just and venerable; meanwhile, we cannot forget that along with these sublime invocations, came that unexpected presentation from the Baptist. The precursor designated him as an attentive worker "His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat" at the proper time, and who will purify the detriments with the flame of justice and of love which never goes out.
It is interesting to note that John does not introduce the Master as one imposing laws full of regulations and parchments, nor does he refer to Him according to the old Judaic traditions that awaited the Divine Messenger drawn in a carriage of magnificent glories. He refers to an optimistic, self-sacrificing worker. A rustic shovel is not lying at His side; but rather, always remains vigilant in His hands. In His spirit, reigns the hope of cleansing the Earth that was confided to His saving guidelines.
For all those who live persisting in the terrestrial services longing for a better era, maintain your heart open to the devotion to the cause of the Gospel of the Christ. Let us not be refrained by difficulties or ingratitude. Let us unfold our activities with that precious stimulus of faith, because ahead of us, blessing our humble cooperation, is that Divine worker who will clear the threshed floor of the world.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 90.