For 27 August 2021, Memorial of Saint Monica, based on Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus told his disciples this parable: â€˜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, â€œLook! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.â€ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, â€œGive us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.â€ But the wise replied, â€œNo! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.â€ 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, â€œLord, lord, open to us.â€ But he replied, â€œTruly I tell you, I do not know you.â€ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.