Matthew 19:15

And he laid his hands on them, and departed from there.
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Glossa Ordinaria

AD 1480
Non occ.: He laid His hands upon them while men held them, to signify that the grace of His aid was necessary.


AD 420
Not because they liked not that they should have benediction of the Saviour's hand and mouth; but forasmuch as their faith was not yet perfect, they thought that He like other men would be wearied by the applications of those that brought them. And He said distinctly, “Of such is the kingdom of heaven,” not Of these, toshew that it was not years, but disposition that determined His judgment, and that the reward was promised to such as had like innocence and simplicity.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
The flesh as it delights not in good, if it hear any good readily forgets it; but the evil that it has it retains ever. But a little while before Christ took a little child and said, “Except ye become as this child, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,” yet His disciples, presently forgetting this innocence of children, now forbid children, as unworthy to come to Christ. Or the disciples would have thrust them away, from respect to Christ’s dignity. But the Lord teaching them holy thoughts, and to subdue the pride of this world, took the children into His arms, and promised to such the kingdom of heaven; “But Jesus saith unto them, Suffer little children and forbid them notto come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”. For who were worthy to come to Christ, if simple infancy were thrust away? Therefore he said, “Forbid them not.” For if they shall turn out saints, why hinder ye the sons from coming to their Father? And if sinners, why do yepronounce a sentence of co...

Remigius of Rheims

AD 533
For it was a custom among the ancients that little children should be brought to aged persons, to receive benediction by their hand or tongue; and according to this custom little children are now brought to the Lord. Also laying His hands upon them, He blessed them, to signify that the lowly inspirit are worthy His grace and blessing.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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