Our Holy Father Agathon, a great Egyptian ascetic of the 5th century
He was a contemporary of St Macarius and a disciple of St Lot. His care was to fulfil all the commandments of God. One of the brethren expressed his liking for a knife with which he had been cutting wil-low wands for baskets. The saint joyfully offered the knife to the brother as a gift. St Agathon also said: `I would be content to be able to take on myself the body of a leper, and give him mine.' Is not that perfect love? (In the Greek Calendar, he is commemorated on Jan. 8th).
* From "The Prologue from Ochrid", by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic - Lazarica Press - Birmingham 1985
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