#GospelToday (Mt 9:9-13)
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
He heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."
Amen. Our hope and trust is in the Lord because where else could we go? Definitely not government, cultural icons (Hollywood, sports, etc.), friends / neighbors / family, and importantly not ourselves!
One approach to discuss Halloween is the history lesson tact: "Hey, do you know how Halloween started?" Then explain All Saints Day / All Souls Day and how these were long observed by the Christian world. Halloween really is a secular distortion of and distraction from these important days.
It could be harmless, especially if it is done with Christian elements (e.g. dressing as a Saint) or very harmful if it promotes the occult. Regardless, it does raise the topic of death. Gently, kindly and with charity ask people what happened to their deceased loved ones after they died. Ask them what they think will happen to them when they also die. Ask them what their basis is for their beliefs, is this something that is important, and how can they find answers with any certainty. Suggest this is something they should maybe think about. Pray for them.
@George Halloween as a means for discussing death is an interesting approach. I will consider it. Growing up, it was a perk for Catholic school kids to have the day after halloween off. It was a Holy Day of Obligation. And a day for eating lots of candy. I went to a Pentecostal church a while back and enjoyed the social aspect of the church but got irritated when they put down the Catholic Church because of their Saints and Sacraments. They even put down yoga and karate because of their origins, rather than considering most of us use it as a form of exercise, not worship. And yet, they had a harvest event in which kids could wear costumes and there would be open car trunks filled with candy. Sounds like a halloween celebration to me.
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