Once some of the elders were in Scete and Abbot John the Dwarf was with them.
While they were dining, a priest, a very old man, got up and attempted to serve
them. But no one would take so much as a cup of water from him except John the
The others were somewhat shocked about this and later said to him, “How is it that
you considered yourself worthy to accept the service of that holy man?”
He replied, “Well, when I offer people a drink of water I’m happy if they take it.
Did you expect me