One Time While At Supper In Scete…

iu…a self-inflated visiting priest arose to serve the tables, but no one accepted his offerings except Abba John the Dwarf; and the brothers were shocked that their humble leader had done so.  How is it that you who are in every way the least among us should be so bold as to allow yourself to be waited on by this imposter while none of us dared to encourage him?  And Abba John replied, When I wait on you I inwardly rejoice that anyone should accept my servitude.  Far be it from me that this man might be grieved because no one would accept even a glass of water from him, that it might have been given in genuine good will, he would have been wronged.  And his words caused them all to reflect on their own scandalousness.

The Paradise Of The Holy Fathers, Wallis Budge (trans.)