SAYING 69: Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted in their heart; these are they who have known the Father in truth. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled.”
Here, Jesus gives us two beatitudes to consider, or perhaps to reconsider in contrast or comparison with what we find in the Sermon on the Mount passages of the New Testament Gospels.
What we find are blessings for those who are persecuted and for those who hunger. As in the canonical texts, Jesus blesses both those who suffer persecution and those who are hungry, but with slightly different outcomes. In Matthew 5:11-12, for example, Jesus says something similar about those who are reviled and persecuted for his sake: