Our sermon for the beginning of Passiontide was Mark 10:32-45, the passage about James and John asking Jesus if they could sit on His right hand and His left when He comes into His kingdom. I had studied this text extensively for what it teaches about authority and vocation (how authority is not to be used to “lord it over” others, but to serve those whom you have authority over). But somehow I never noticed that the passage is also about baptism and Holy Communion. Read the connection after the jump. And see whom God prepared to be on His right hand and on His left.