Here’s an interesting question to ponder: Was the idea of sitting at Jesus’ right and left James and John’s idea or their mother’s? I wonder if mom Zebedee had felt the boys had wasted their lives and should get something from Jesus for their sacrifice? I remember when I told my mother I was going into ministry her initial reaction was not favorable. She later came around, but still it was hard to take her disappointment at first. I think in some ways mom Zebedee played out in real life the parable Jesus had just told his disciple. In her mind her sons had worked hard for Jesus and should be paid the most.