I want to introduce two apostles to you that have gone down in the church
history books as the “sons of thunder.” If you have a problem
managing your temper or if you live with a person who does, this sermon
might be of special interest to you.
James and his younger brother, John, were the second
pair of brothers that Jesus called into discipleship, right there on the
shores of the lake; they instantly followed Jesus and left their father
Zebedee behind with the family fishing business. Mt 4:21-22:
Going on from there, he saw
two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were
in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called
them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed
James and John first were disciples of Saint John the
Baptist before they followed Jesus. John and James both held prominent
positions among the Apostles. Jesus referred to the pair collectively as "Boanerges"
(translated "sons of thunder")
[Mk 3:17] 
The first time the temper of the two brothers comes
to the fore in the Gospel writings is in
Luke 9:51-56 when James and John wanted
to call down fire on a Samaritan town for not being welcoming to them, but
they were rebuked by Jesus
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