Before we get to the parable, we would do well to remind ourselves of the context. In response to the disciples’ request to know what sign would signal our Lord’s coming and the end of the age (Matthew 24:3), Jesus spoke to them about the last days. He made it clear that the end would not come immediately, but only after considerable time and troubles (Matthew 24:4-31). Our Lord issued various warnings (Matthew 24:4-5, 10-11, 23-28), because during these troubled times there would be many interlopers, who would seek to turn men’s attention and affections away from Jesus, the true Messiah.
In verses 32-51 of chapter 24, Jesus speaks of what His disciples can and cannot know, and on the basis of both, He gives some specific words of instruction regarding the last times.
There are several things we need to consider before we attempt to interpret this parable. First, we need to recognize that this is a selective account. There are many details omitted. From where is the groom coming? Where are the virgins waiting? What will happen there? What role do the lamps play in this ceremony and celebration? And, perhaps most notable, where is the bride? She is never mentioned. It is obviously the groom who is central to this story (after all, it is about the coming of the Messiah at the end of the age).
Exit for me a main point in today’s Gospel and the main point is about readiness; how well prepared we are to receive the message of Jesus? How is our relationship with Jesus?
We should keep in mind that this parable is consistent indicate us that the Lord’s return will not be nearly as soon as the disciples suppose. This parable is based upon the premise that we do not know the day, or the hour of the Lord’s return.
The question that I would to bring is that if our state of readiness to meet the Lord depends on the type of life we lead. At this moment, the challenge facing us is to put our lives in order to turn back on such things as practice of dishonesty. Selfishness can cut off from God and close us in ourselves.
The questions we need to ask ourselves are: how am I preparing to the coming of the Lord? If he comes today into your life are you will be ready to go? Or which elements not allow you to be well prepared to give yourself freely to God?