A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Jesus told this parable to the disciples, “The kindom of God can be likened to ten attendants who took their lamps and went to meet the bridal party. Five of them were wise, the others were foolish. When the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not bring any oil with them, but the wise ones brought enough oil to keep their lamps burning. The bridal party was delayed, so they all fell asleep. Then at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridal party! Come out to meet them!’ Then all the attendants rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘Perhaps there will not be enough for us; run to the dealers and get some more for yourselves.’ While the foolish ones went to buy more oil, the bridal party arrived and those who were ready went to the
marriage feast with them, and the door was shut. When the foolish attendants returned, they pleaded to be let in. The bridegroom replied, ‘Truly I do not know you.’ “So stay awake, for you do not know the day or the hour.”
The Good News as spoken through Matthew.