One of the best parts of Halloween is trick or treating. As a kid, it’s a lot of fun to figure out your costume, and then to see what you can scrounge/borrow/put together for it. And then (the whole reason you did it) to go out and see how much candy you can haul in.
As an adult, it’s fun to hand out the treats. You get to see all sorts of costumes, ones that were put together at the last minute and ones that took days to make. You end up buying way too much candy, so you have enough for any kid who makes the effort and who asks.
The Gospel for All Souls’ Day tells us about God’s plan for us when we die. It also tells us that, no matter what we’ve done and how bad we think we are, God will not reject us if we come to him.
In a way, it’s kind of like trick or treating. God won't turn us away, even if we didn’t put things together until the last minute. And, just like trick or treating, God is eagerly waiting for us to make the effort and to ask. More on this tomorrow.