The disciples must have been filled with joy at the reception Jesus received on his final entry to Jerusalem. They could hardly have considered that the suffering he had warned them of would result so quickly, if at all. Jesus, knowing the human heart’s deviousness and what he was about to undergo, must have received the acclamations and cheers with caution.
To Jesus the path to glory was through his passion and death, a glory which would only be seen thereafter when he rose from the dead. The joy the disciples would then feel would be the real, lasting joy which he promised. Lent helps us along the path to that same Easter joy.