[Jesus and the
And they brought unto him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when
the disciples saw, they rebuked them. But Jesus, calling them together, said:
Suffer children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom
of God. Amen, I say to you: Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God
as a child, shall not enter into it.
[The Rich Aristocrat]
And a certain ruler asked him, saying: Good master, what shall I do to possess
everlasting life? And Jesus said to him: Why dost thou call me good? None
is good but God alone. Thou knowest the commandments: Thou shalt not kill:
Thou shalt not commit adultery: Thou shalt not steal: Thou shalt not bear
false witness: Honour thy father and mother. Who said: All these things have
I kept from my youth. Which when Jesus had heard, he said to him: Yet one
thing is wanting to thee: sell all whatever thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. He having heard
these things, became sorrowful; for he was very rich.
[The Danger of Riches]
And Jesus seeing him become sorrowful, said: How hardly shall they that have
riches enter into the kingdom of God. For it is easier for a camel to pass
through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom
of God. And they that heard it, said: Who then can be saved? He said to them:
The things that are impossible with men, are possible with God.
[The Reward of Renunciation]
Then Peter said: Behold, we have left all things, and have followed thee.
Who said to them: Amen, I say to you, there is no man that hath left house,
or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,
Who shall not receive much more in this present time, and in the world to
come life everlasting.
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