Mark 10: 35-40
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at you left in your glory.” “You don’t know what what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those to whom they have been prepared.”
Jesus has just told his disciples for the third time about his death and resurrection that would soon take place. It was as if they did not hear the words Jesus had just spoken to them. They now wanted to know if they could sit on his right and left side in his glory. Jesus asked them if they could drink of his cup of suffering and be baptized with the same spirit that he was baptized with.
Father, help us to be filled with your Spirit, willing to pick up our cross and yes, to suffer if that is what we must do to learn obedience to you. In Jesus name. Amen.