Today's reading describes the darkness of Good Friday. Jesus was led away to be crucified between two criminals. Time and again, Jesus offered comfort and forgiveness, rather than resistance or anguish, to those nearby. Even while on the cross, Jesus showed mercy to the criminal who asked for mercy, promising him a home in paradise. Then, after he died, Jesus was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, a faithful Jew who was sympathetic to Jesus' teaching.