Friday, 29 February 2008

The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25, 1 – 13)

Then the Kingdom of the Heavens will be compared to ten virgins who, taking their lamps, went out to meet the Groom. But five of them were prudent and five were dull, which five dull, taking their lamps, did not take with them oil. But the five prudent virgins took oil in their vessels along with their lamps. The Groom being delayed, all grew drowsy and slept. But in the middle of the night there came a cry: ‘Behold! The Groom comes! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins rose up and tended their lamps. But the dull said to the prudent: ‘Give us from your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ The prudent, however, answered, saying: ‘Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to those who sell and buy for yourselves.’ But while they were going out to buy, the Groom came and those who were ready entered into the marriage celebration with him and the door was closed. Later, the remaining virgins also come, saying: ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ He, then, having replied, said: ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be watchful, then, for you do not know the day, neither the hour, in which the Son of Man comes.

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