Lection Connection

November 15, 2020: Rejecting Fear, Embracing Joy

From Ray McGinnis


Hocus Pocus is a Disney film that was originally released in 1993 but re-released in theatres in October 2020. The movie begins on October 31, 1693, in Salem, Massachusetts. Three sisters who are witches – Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson – lure a young girl named Emily Binx to their house. They draw life from her with the promise that they will regain their youth. They make a potion for her to drink. But her brother, Thackery, tries to stop the witches who turn him into a black cat. The townsfolk sentence them to be hanged for the murder, but the witches cast a spell that brings them back to life in 1993.


Max Dennison, and his 8-year-old sister, Dani, are recently moved to Salem from Los Angeles. While trick-or-treating, they hear about the legend of the Sanderson sisters and break into the abandoned house. Inside the dark house, Max lights the black flame candle. This resurrects the witches. They escape, together with Thackery Binx – who continues to exist as a black cat for eternity


Type: Comedy, Fantasy

Director: Kenny Ortega

Film company: Disney

Release date: October 2, 2020

Starring: Bette Midler (Winifred Sanderson), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson), Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson), Omri Katz (Max Dennison), Thora Birch (Dani Dennison)



Max takes the book of spells from the witches’ house. The witches discover that Halloween has turned into a festival where everyone wears a disguise, which makes it more difficult for them to reclaim the book of spells. At one point, the witches successfully capture Dani and take her back to their house. But Max, knowing they don’t know what daylight saving time is, and tricks them while it is still night by shining a high beam lights on the witches. This makes the witches afraid the sun is rising and think they will consequently die (as they are creatures of the night).


Later, the witches catch up to the youngsters in an old cemetery. Dani is taken up on one of the witches’ broomsticks and about to be forced to drink the witches’ potion. But Max, together with Thackery the black cat, gets the potion. By drinking it, Max forces the witch to try to draw life out his soul, instead of Dani’s. Just then, the sun rises and the witches turn to dust.


Explore…Matthew 25:14–30

  • How do each of the three servants use their talents?
  • What kind of “spirit” do you think motivates each one’s choice?
  • What kinds of choices does Max make to save his younger sister?
  • How is Max’s ability to thwart the witches plans a use of his talents?
  • How do you use your talents to help others? To bring God’s reign closer?



God of the coming Kingdom, we are given this life to follow you and to use our talents. May we take the risk of living and make a difference in the world through the choices that we make. Help us to move away from fear and to embrace the power of love. In Christ we pray. Amen.


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