Matthew 18:4

This little child (to paidion touto). This saying about humbling oneself Jesus repeated a number of times as for instance in Matthew 23:12 . Probably Jesus pointed to the child by his side. The ninth-century story that the child was Ignatius is worthless. It is not that the child humbled himself, but that the child is humble from the nature of the case in relation to older persons. That is true, however "bumptious" the child himself may be. Bruce observes that to humble oneself is "the most difficult thing in the world for saint as for sinner."