An elder lived in an idol's temple.
The demons came to him, saying:
- Get out of our place. The elder answered:
“You have no place.”
Demons began to scatter his branches. The elder patiently gathered them. After that, one demon, taking his hand, pulled him from the temple. When he dragged the old man to the door, the man bumped up against the door with his other hand and exclaimed:
- Jesus! Help me!
The demon immediately ran away, and the elder began to cry. The Lord asked him what he was crying about. The elder answered:
“I cry that demons dare to possess a man and do this to him.”
The Lord said to him:
“You were negligent. When you sought Me, you see how soon I appeared to you.