Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi
In essence, everybody is persecuted and treated unfairly. But they don’t rejoice. Instead they weep and lament. Joy and comfort in sorrows doesn’t come from the nature of the temptations and trials, but from God’s Grace, which comforts ‘those who labor and are heavy laden’ in their submission to the will of God- not only now but also eternally. ‘Rejoice and be glad for great is your reward in heaven; (Matth. 5, 12).