A hymn of St. Ephrem based on Luke 8:26-39, the Gadarene Demoniac
In a fascinating poem, St. Ephrem sees Christ showing mercy to the demon, even granting the demon’s request, which emboldens Emphrem to be a man of prayer: if Christ compassionately listens tot he request of a demon to enter into swine, then I should know that Christ will hear my prayer to be permitted into Paradise despite my sins.
Look too at Legion:
When in anguish he begged,
our Lord permitted and allowed him
to enter into the herd;
respite did he ask for, without deception,
in his anguish,
and our Lord in His kindness
granted his request.
His compassion for demons
is a rebuke to that People,
showing how much anguish His love suffers
in desiring that men and women should live.
Encouraged by the words
I had heard,
I knelt down and wept there,
and spoke before the Lord:
“Legion received his request from You
without any tears;
permit me, with my tears,
to make my request,
grant me to enter, instead of that herd,
so that in Paradise I may sing
of its Planter’s compassion.
(St Ephraim the Syrian Hymns on Paradise pgs 163-164)