"These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, "while we put up with a whole day's work in the hot sun - yet you paid them the same as you paid us!'
"Listen, friend,' the owner answered one of them, "I have not cheated you. After all, you agreed to do a day's work for one silver coin.
Now take your pay and go home. I want to give this man who was hired last as much as I gave you.
Don't I have the right to do as I wish with my own money? Or are you jealous because I am generous?' "
And Jesus concluded, "So those who are last will be first, and those who are first will be last." 1
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and spoke to them privately, as they walked along.
"Listen," he told them, "we are going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They will condemn him to death
and then hand him over to the Gentiles, who will make fun of him, whip him, and crucify him; but three days later he will be raised to life."
Then the wife of Zebedee came to Jesus with her two sons, bowed before him, and asked him for a favor.
"What do you want?" Jesus asked her. She answered, "Promise me that these two sons of mine will sit at your right and your left when you are King."
"You don't know what you are asking for," Jesus answered the sons. "Can you drink the cup of suffering that I am about to drink?" "We can," they answered.