Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: Abba Agathon 2

“And the very wise Abba Agathon said: “When I see that a person-even if he is very dear to me-is becoming the occasion for me to acquire some fault, I immediately cut off all ties with him.”

Oh dear.  Can you imagine the pain that both parties must feel? I am finding it hard to express my reaction to this Saying.  It really takes the idea of sin far more seriously than I ever have. I don’t know what your experience in relationships might be, but I would say I have very few people that are “very dear” to me and I can’t imagine giving any of them up.

We don’t look at the spiritual life in the same black and white terms as did the Desert Christians and I think that is a good thing.  We can certainly learn from them but grace seems to something they did not take for granted and count on as we do today.

Can’t say I think it is a good thing to take God’s grace for granted.  While I am very glad I can count on it, mostly I want my heart to sing out its gratitude every single day.

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