Today’s reading was from Matthew 20:20-28 and Mark 10:35-45–the mother of James and John asking that they be seated at the right and left hand of Jesus in His kingdom. Actually, the request was only made by their mother in the Matthew passage–in the Mark passage, the brothers asked Jesus themselves. Either way, the answer Jesus gave them was the same–while they may be required to suffer in a similar fashion to Him, it isn’t up to Him who receives those positions. I’ve always found it interesting that this story wasn’t recorded by John himself in his Gospel!
The symbol for today, in case it isn’t clear, is a throne, like James and John might have envisioned sitting on either side of. This one was a little hard to put together, because it’s so dimensional, but it does look pretty cool!