James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’” (Mk 10: 35-38)

The request of the sons of Zebedee, for Jesus to do for them “whatever they ask” of Him, seems both naïve and outrageous to me, whenever I read this passage. But I am so grateful that James and John made this request, because I often need to hear our Lord’s response, in the case of my own naïve and outrageous requests of Him: “You do not know what you are asking.”

Indeed, I do not, and can not, “know” all that He “knows.” That’s why I can not always see just how outrageous and/or naïve my desires and ambitions are, which I may ask the Lord to fulfill. So today let me accept both what He does and does not do for me, because He knows which “cup” I am able to drink, and which one I can’t. And in the whole process He may be removing from me the defects of my will, which I cannot see at the moment. Glory be to Him.

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