People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.215Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."316
And he took the children in his arms,4 placed his hands on them and blessed them.
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees5 before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"618"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.19You know the commandments: 'You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.'a "720
"Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy."
Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,8 and you will have treasure in heaven.9 Then come, follow me."1022
At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.