Today is the last of October. Lord willing, tomorrow is November. Not my favorite time of the year, though many love it. Whatever.
Today is also celebrated in the US as Halloween. It is an event that some loathe, some love, most tolerate. How a celebration that began as All Hallows Eve morphed into kids (and some adults) dressing as witches, demons, and prostitutes, is a subject for others. It does let kids go about and behave badly with distracted parents or guardians gabbing as the urchins snap up sugary snacks and candies, there to go home and, "sugared up", behave even more abominably. I've been close for for more than a bit of it. Our neighbor on one side is away on honeymoon, our neighbors on the other side are taking their Little One out to terrorize the neighborhood (as much as a 3-1/2-year-old can). So we are the designated "givers", who will sit out front for several hours and dispense largesse while freezing. At least it's above freezing and there is no snow nor any predicted. Good for us, but the snow might have kept the numbers down. So we're heading over in a bit: the "official" time for this is set by the township at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Gets them off the streets before total darkness and, hopefully, reduces the number hit by passing cars.
Wife is doing a bit better. A bit. Of course, diarrhea all day long moderates that just a bit. Ulcerative colitis in conjunction with everything else that troubles her. Quite a struggle, every single day.
The 1st reading for the day is chapters 29 and 30 of Jeremiah. The prophesied judgments have fallen upon Israel and Judah. All hope is gone. Well, not quite. Captivity, yes. But a 70-year sentence. Remember that, we'll see it again, when the time is up.
The second reading is chapter 1 of the epistle to Titus.