For the same cause also do you joy, and rejoice with me.
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Gaius Marius Victorinus
He means, “Being prepared to die for you, so long as I can serve you and strengthen your faith, I rejoice and am glad for all of you. So therefore you rejoice and be glad with me, so that we may show equal concern for one another and rejoice in each other in turn.”
The death of the righteous, therefore, deserves not tears but joy. If they rejoice, one should rejoice with them. “But we long for their company,” you say…. If you were going to remain here, you speak reasonably; but in a little while you are going to recover the departed one. What sort of company is it that you desire? … “I suffer nothing terrible,” he says, “but rather rejoice because I am departing to be with Christ. And do you not rejoice? Rejoice with me.” . ...