(The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.)
Jesus told this parable to his disciples:
“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 sensible:
the foolish ones did take their lamps,
but they brought no oil,
whereas the sensible ones
took flasks of oil as well as their lamps.
The bridegroom was late,
and they all grew drowsy
and fell asleep.
But at midnight there was a cry,
“The bridegroom is here!
Go out and meet him.’
At this, all those bridesmaids woke up
and trimmed their lamps,
and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones,
‘Give us some of your oil:
our lamps are going out.’
But they replied,
‘There may not be enough for us
and for you;
you had better go to those who sell it
and buy some for yourselves.’
They had gone off to buy it
when the bridegroom arrived.
Those who were ready
went in with him to the wedding hall
and the door was closed.
The other bridesmaids arrived later.
‘open the door for us.’
But he replied,
‘I tell you solemnly,
I do not know you.’
So stay awake,
because you do not know
either the day or the hour.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
R.) Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.