The foolish have no oil in their lamps.
They burn themselves out
through a life of self-seeking
and dedication to worldly cares and vanities.
They do not even think of the Lord,
much less wait for his coming.
The wise, on the other hand,
have oil in their lamps.
They are detached from themselves
and from the cares of the world,
and are full of charity.
They are waiting for the Lord,
and desire nothing else but his coming.
Let us keep our minds alight with faith,
our souls alight with hope,
and our hearts alight with love,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.