In today’s gospel (Mt. 25:1-13), it is easy to think of the Wise Virgins as being unkind and selfish when they did not share their oil with the Foolish Virgins. Parables are stories which point to deeper meanings that go beyond the surface of what is heard or read.
The wise and foolish both know that the bridegroom (Jesus) will come at an unexpected hour. But unlike the foolish, the wise prepare for His return by living holy lives. Holiness (oil) can be taught but not shared. Each individual is given time to convert.
Since we are all prone to be sometimes wise and sometimes foolish, it is good to make use of the lamp (Bible) which keeps us on track as we prepare to meet our God. Are we in the crowd of the wise who are ‘alert’, or with the foolish who are in danger?
Lord Jesus, as we stay ‘awake’ and ready for Your coming, may our lives become the ‘oil’ of gladness and holiness that allows us to be welcomed into Your eternal banquet. Amen.