Today's gospel is long and varied. What strikes me is the mother of the son's of Zebedees coming up and asking Jesus to make her sons important people in his kingdom. Everyone is on the make. We all want to be important and noticed. Jesus only promises that they shall drink the cup that he drinks; ie that they shall suffer for their beliefs in the way that he does. As to the positions of power and the seating arrangments in heaven, these decisions are in the hands of his father. Maybe we should listen to this story, do what we see needs to be done, and leave the rest in God's hands! He'll probably make a better job of it anyway!