THE PARABLE OF THE TEN
The foolish virgins
represent the Christian souls who have prayed and fasted but have
not done good works. Note that the three are the ingredients of
The tarrying of the
bridegroom means that the second coming does not occur immediately.
To slumber means death.
A cry arises in the
middle of the night. . .to show that the Lord comes when least
expected, as at midnight when we all have fallen into a deep sleep.
He also comes with a cry. . .for there will be a jolting approach of
the second coming.
The lamp, light and oil
are prayer, fasting and good works.
The foolish virgins were
foolish in that they were looking for oil when there was nor more
time for it.
The wise virgins
answered, "There is not enough for you and us." We only
have enough time for ourselves and are answerable for ourselves. Go
to the seller, i.e., to the poor who are the occasion for good
I know you not. God does
not know souls that are different from Him, He who loves and is
merciful towards all men.
God, in His goodness,
has given us a lighted lamp. It is for us simply to provide it with
extra oil to keep it lighted. The wise virgins did exactly that; the
foolish did not make provisions for extra oil.