This story is about preparation. The foolish were foolish because they did not invest their whole life in God. They only made a partial, tentative commitment. In all ages the fool dwells in a garden of roses oblivious of the thorns! We are warned today to live lives of preparedness. God did not create us and then abandon us. That would not make sense. He said: “I will be with you until the end of time.” Let us keep our oil lamps of faith filled through a life of prayer, through a sharing in the sacraments of the Church, through a life centered in the Eucharist. This a word to the wise.