At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachtani? which is translated, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Some of the bystanders who heard it said, "Look, he is calling Elijah. One of them ran, soaked the sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down. Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. (Mk 15: 33-37).
The darkness over the whole land is an allegory as the prelude for the salvation of mankind. It also signifies the deep suffering of the Lord, which he bore upon himself as a perfect sacrifice.
The Lord, in His Divinity and humanity suffered unimaginable suffering for us, that we may reconcile to the Heavenly Father after the sin committed by Adam and Eve.
Good Friday is the remembrance of this great sacrifice as an atonement for humanity! What a great love, precious than gold and diamond. For all of us sinners were ransomed by the blood of Jesus. How can we show our gratitude for the Lord for His immeasurable sacrifice?
Let us pray today that we may accord great Thanksgiving for the Heavenly Father for sending His Beloved Son into the world for our salvation. Thank you Lord Jesus for your great sacrifice! Amen.