Lent was initially imagined as a season of preparation to follow Jesus as a disciple. Readings from the Passion narrative reminds us of the consequences of Jesus’ challenge to the powers that be in this lived life, teachings, and entry in Jerusalem as a nonviolent leader initiating a kingdom of God born of covenant love. This year, we focus not on the entry with Palm branches but the Passion: the passion narratives in the Gospels cover the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. The term passion comes from the Latin for “suffering.” The passion narratives extend from Gethsemane through the Grave. In the Gospel of John we are following this year, John 18:1-19:42.