I have often wondered why we blithely refer to this launching of Holy Week as “Palm Sunday,” when clearly the ultimate focus in length and depth is quite different if not the opposite.

For many, this Sunday will focus primarily on the reading of lengthy, sorrowful accounts of the so-called Passion of the Incarnate Divine, our Savior, Jesus, the Christ. It begins with the betrayal of Jesus by affirmative misdeeds by one of Jesus’s principal disciples (Judas Iscariot), and then by the thoughtless, all too human neglect of Jesus’s other principal disciples, including the chief among them, Simon Peter.