Misguided ambition

Week beginning: 13th November, 2022 | By Janys Scott KC | Scottish Borders, LCF Trustee

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom." Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking…"
Matthew 20:20-22 (ESV)

There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
Matthew 27:55-56 (ESV)

Matthew 20:20-22 & 27:55-56 (ESV)

Lawyers tend to be motivated by success and status. Matthew has a message here for those tempted to be driven by ambition.

It must have been a shock to the ambitious mother of the disciples James and John to find that her request to Jesus for what s

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