In Jesus' parable of the ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13), we have a dramatic picture of an incident common to weddings in Biblical times. In this parable we read that five of the virgins who were waiting for the bridegroom's coming had neglected to provide extra oil for their lamps.

At midnight when they heard the cry, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh," they were then obliged to go to vendors for a fresh supply of oil. When they returned, they found that the bridegroom had arrived and had gone in with the wise virgins to the marriage. The door was shut, and, in spite of their appeals, the foolish virgins were denied entrance. The parable closes with Jesus' cogent advice, "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."

Through the study of the writings of our inspired Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, we learn that spiritual understanding is essential in order to see man as the idea of the one creative Principle, God. We learn that heavenly inspiration is needed to keep the light of our devotion glowing through the night, as we strive for an ever-increasing understanding of God and of man's relationship to Him. We are taught in Christian Science that we must not allow the joys and sorrows of our human experience to cause us to fail in our preparedness for the coming of the heavenly bridegroom.

July 12, 1958

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