Jesus and his disciples were travelling up to Jerusalem.
On the way, he took the twelve aside and prepared them for what would happen there.
“When we get to Jerusalem,” he said, “the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised to life.”
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, together with their mother approached Jesus.
The mother knelt in front of Jesus and asked him to grant her a favour.
“What would you like?” he asked.
“Let my sons sit in the places of honour in your kingdom,” she said, “one at your right and the other at your left.”
Jesus turned to James and John.
“You haven’t thought this through,” he said. “Can you drink from the cup that I must drink?”
“Yes,” they said, “we can.”
“You will indeed drink from my cup,” he said, “but it’s not for me to say who will sit at my right or my left. Those places will be given to the people for whom my Father has prepared them.”
When the other disciples heard what had happened, they were angry with James and John, but Jesus called them all together.
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over their people,” he said, “and their officials exercise great authority over those beneath them. But it’s not to be like that with you. Whoever wants to be great among you must become a servant, and whoever wants to be first must become a slave – just as the Son of Man didn’t come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed them. Two blind men were sitting beside the road and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
The crowd told them to be quiet, but this only made them shout louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
Jesus stopped and called them to him.
“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
“Lord,” they said, “we want to see!”
Filled with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. In that instant, they received their sight and began to follow him.