A mother requests the impossible as Jesus reveals the Father’s wishes supersede his own (Matthew 20:20 – 20:28).
The mother of Zebedee’s sons (the disciples James and John) came to Jesus, knelt down, and asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” Jesus asked. “Grant that one of my two sons may sit at your right side and the other at your left side in your kingdom.” “You do not understand what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left-hand side is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” When the other ten disciples heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus