In our Gospel reading today from Mark 15:33 we learn of a great darkness which came over the whole land. This is not a natural solar eclipse because they last only a few minutes and they don’t happen during a full moon and Passover occurs during a full moon. This darkness is a supernatural event and it signifies something. We know that in many places in the Bible darkness is a symbol for sin and evil deeds. For example in John 3:19 and Ephesians 5:8 we see that there is a contrast between the light of Christ and the darkness of sin and evil. We also learn that the prophecies about Jesus speak of Him as a light shining in the darkness – Isaiah 9:2.