As Jesus was dying on the cross, at mid-day, when the sun is usually at its brightest, darkness descended on the land. This must have been very scary. It meant that everyone, not just those at the foot of the cross, knew that something out of the ordinary was happening. I wonder what the chief priests and Pilate thought as they sat in the homes and palaces. Can you imagine the conversations later, as people shared their stories of what they were doing when it went dark and thought about what it might mean? Early in John’s gospel, Jesus is described as the light of the world, and Jesus talks to his disciples about being light. As the life drains from Jesus, a new type of darkness covers the earth. Christians believe that when the world feels full of darkness we can pray to Jesus and ask him to bring his light.