32nd Sunday of the Year (A) 2017

This well known story is an allegory or a symbol or parable which has to be interpreted.
It is intended for the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. That is for people who declare themselves to be christian.
With the expectation of the imminent return of Jesus ( the last day) fading, some of the Christians (though still professed Christians) were slackening off in their adherence to Christian values and practises ( something we are all familiar with today).
The parable is a reminder that, even though we trust and hope in our God’s mercy and compassion as regards our Eternal Salvation, we have no absolute certainty as to what will happen ( just as we have no absolute certainty as regards the existence of God). So the message from today’s parable is to look to the future and to be prepared for whatever happens.
The oil for the lamps stands for good works – love God and your neighbour. It pertains to the person themselves and is not a transferable asset.
The final sentence is the message for me today; “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”