Commentary on the Gospel of
Mark shows other people too just as they were. In today’s passage, the sons of Zebedee are seen in a rather unflattering light. These, mind you, are going to be the great apostles, James and John. But here they are, asking a question just as crude as Peter’s question. They are asking the important places in the Kingdom (in politics it is known as ‘jobs for the boys’). But Matthew (20:20) edits the story and has their mother make the embarrassing request! Mothers! What they have to put up with!