Daily Bread..

Gospel, Matthew 20:20-28

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came with her sons to make a request of him, and bowed low;

21 and he said to her, ‘What is it you want?’ She said to him, ‘Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your righthand and the other at your left in your kingdom.’

22 Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’ They replied, ‘We can.’

23 He said to them, ‘Very well; you shall drink my cup, but as for seats at my right hand and my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father.’

24 When the other ten heard this they were indignant with the two brothers.

25 But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that among the gentiles the rulers lord it over them, and great men make their authority felt.

26 Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant,

27 and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave,

28 just as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

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