‘Poor things,’ the man on the telly said.
‘Centuries ago they thought the world was coming to an end.
‘Of course they didn’t know what we know now,’ he added
And everyone nodded.
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
The earth shook, the rocks split 1
‘It’s very eerie,’ the man on the telly said
‘There was panic in the birdsong,’ Facebook said.
‘It’s gone cold,’ the weather woman declared
‘I’m suddenly shivering’ she cried.
And all around her nodded their heads.
‘They didn’t know what we know now,’ they said when the sun shone.
Then the sun was darkened,
and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice,
He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’2
And the man on the telly smiled a reassuring smile.
Quotations from the Bible: (1) Matthew 27: 45a and 51b; (2) Luke 23:45-6