Tuesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time
The night of faith
If we are sometimes assailed by inevitable trials, let us remember that it is Jesus who has commanded us to get into the boat and that he wishes to go before us “to the other side”. Because it is impossible for those who have not undergone the trial of waves and contrary winds to get to that shore. And so when we see ourselves surrounded by numerous and painful difficulties, tired out from sailing in the midst of them with the poverty of our means, let us think that our boat is now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves that want to see us “make shipwreck of our faith” (1Tm 1,19) or some other virtue. And if we see the breath of the Evil One set against what we are undertaking, let us say to ourselves that, at that moment, the wind is contrary.
So when, amidst these sufferings, we have held firm through the long hours of the dark night that reigns in times of trial, when we have struggled our best by taking care to avoid “shipwreck of our faith”… then let us be sure that towards the middle of the night, “when night is far spent and day is at hand” (cf. Rom 13,12), the Son of God will come close by us, walking on the waves, to calm for us the sea.
Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian
Commentary on Saint Matthew’s Gospel, Bk XI, ch. 6 ; PG 13, 919 ; SC 162