I used this icon of Jesus with St. Menas in a post yesterday, quoting the Desert Fathers. It is very old and quite unique because it’s the only known (ancient) icon depicting Jesus with his arm around someone’s shoulders. Jesus is called “philanthropos,” literally “friend” of all people and this image conveys that belief most wonderfully.
Early Christians believed that, in life, we are in a state of constant motion… in one of two directions:
There are two ways, one of life and one of death; but there is a great difference between the two ways. (The Didache, late 1st/early 2nd century)