It is the same palm that was waved in a carnival of excitement and colour to welcome Christ into Jerusalem that is burnt into ashes and used to mark the public penitent on Ash Wednesday. The same palm.
Perhaps those public penitents, the same people who jumped up and waved branches to triumphantly welcome Christ as King are the very people who called for His crucifixion. The same people.
Perhaps we are those people. Whether we participate in Carnival activities or engage in the neverending debate about the creativity or crassness of Carnival, a debate which continues to infuriate masqueraders and infiltrate mas camps, we are one and the same.