Parable of The Wise and Foolish Virgins

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“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.  When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;  but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.  As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.  But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’  Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’  And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.  Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’  But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’  Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Mt 25:1-13)

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The bridegroom is Christ, the bride is the Church, and the parable describes Christ Second Coming.  He returns for the Church rapture and to establish the Millennial Kingdom.

Christ will return at an unknown hour and His Church must be ready to receive Him. We must prepare for whatever contingency arises in our lives and keep our attention on Christ  while we await eagerly His coming.

The five virgins with extra oil represent Christians eager to Christ’s return, to appear before Him, whereas the five virgins without oil represent Lukewarm Christians lacking a firm commitment to Spiritual Growth.

Fill your lamp and keep extra oil while you anticipate Christ Second Coming.  The Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier and the oil symbolizes the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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Click on the following link to retrieve the article Holy Spirit’s Gifts and Fruits.

https://meditationsoncatholicism.blog/2013/02/17/holy-spirits-gifts-and-fruits/

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