same Lord had said: ďIt is not good for man to be alone.Ē So He gave
him a woman for companion. Raphael, take Lullina as your wife in accordance
with the Law and the written commandment in the Book of Moses. Receive
her and bring her as a family member to the house of your father. May
the Almighty God always guide you and bring you peace!
That night, the fishermenís village of Capernaum was having a feast.
Raphael, one of the twins of the big house, was getting married to Lullina,
the daughter of an old boatman. The sounds of drums and zithers echoed
through the village, inviting everyone to the dance in honor of the
bride and groom....
bride is like a lily / the groom, a carnation / who blushes like the
flower / when his bride looks at him.Ē
The women danced around Lullina and the men formed a circle around Raphael.
After a while, we were served the food prepared by the groomís father...
We sat on the floor, beside the trays of pastries and jugs of wine.
The music played continuously.... Our faces, drenched with sweat, dazzled
with great joy....
good to die at a wedding, fellas! If I have to go, then let it be when
Iím dancing and feasting!
drinking! Hereís a toast to Raphael and Lullina, the newly weds!
I drink a toast to those who have stuck to their wives for forty years!
A Man: And
to those who are due to tie the knot but havenít made up their minds!
Jesus, that last toast is intended for you! Dammit, Moreno, how many
weddings have you been to.... hasnít the fever gotten you yet, huh?
you can see, Peter, I havenít swallowed any bait myself yet..
bet this wedding is a lot better than that of my friend Reuben...
Wasnít it there where your tunic got burned, John?
There was some delay among the participants to the wedding, and later,
the hassle with the oil lamps. Remember that, Jesus?
Jesus: Of course, I do. I was with the groom and his friends
in his house. Then we left together for a trellis nearby, and there
we waited for the coming of the bride...
Friend: Are you nervous, young man? This is the greatest night
in your life!
Reuben: No, Iím not.... Brrr... I just..... I just feel cold
Friend: Gee, you donít talk of anything here, but love, man!
And love is at its best with a shot of wine! Hereís to your health,
Friend: Long live the groom!
Friend: Long live the bride!
Jesus: Right from where we were gathered, we saw a group of
young ladies pass by, illuminating the dark night with their oil lamps...
stole my heart, my beloved husband, you stole my heart, with your look
and your words of love...
Jesus: The young ladies accompanied the bride to the groomís
house. Then they went out and stayed by the door, awaiting our coming....
Reuben: When all the stars shine in the sky, then itís time for
us to go!
Friend: Oh, weíve
got enough time! Thereís just a lone star up there.
no hurry, fellas. Let the ladies wait! We gotta finish this barrel yet!
Jesus: At the door of the house were ten friends of the bride,
who were waiting with their lighted lamps....
Lady: Youíre gonna
get your dress soiled if you sit on the floor, Annie. Donít forget you
just borrowed it...
Annie: Donít tell me weíre gonna be standing here all night....
Iím tired because of dancing, and my feet are hurting....
Young Lady: Iím sleepy. Thatís all.... Hmmm... I guess weíve had
too much wine...
Lady: Hey, how foolish you are! Look what weíve got here, one
sleepyhead, and a sloppy one... Lousy, huh? Listen, why donít we sing,
to keep us all awake! Címon!
Annie: Yeah, letís sing some ballads... Hey, this lamp is running
out of oil.... I didnít bring extra oil...
Lady: Neither did I, but I think this will get us through...
Lady: Stop arguing and letís go on with the songs!
Jesus: The bridesmaids began to sing to while away the time.
We could hear their singing and their happy voices from where we were....
Lady: Here comes
my love, through the field he comes / through the field he comes,
I can hear his voice...
Jesus: And when the sky became studded with stars, the young
ladiesí songs became softer... the girls grew tired of waiting.... From
afar, we saw that some of the lamps had stopped burning....
Lady: Hey, Annie,
look at these girls, they have fallen asleep and their light is extinguished...
young lady: I heard they had run out of oil..
Lady: Well, thatís their own look out... sleep tight, ladies!
Annie: Hmmm...! Oh, Miriam, Iím sleepy too.... my eyes are getting
Reuben: Well, fellas, the barrel is empty and I guess this is
the end of it. I gotta say bye-bye to my bachelorhood!
Friend: Your time has come, Reuben! Be ready, for tonight youíre
the king of the party!
Friend: Hic! Letís drink the final toast to this man who will
join his better half, at last!
Jesus: Then, when it was midnight, we headed for the house where
the grand celebration was to take place: the meeting of the bride and
groom... The bridesmaids were still sleeping by the door, one lumped
over the other...
Friend: Hey, the groom is coming!... Ainít you gonna welcome
Lady: Oh, oh, the groom is here!... Wake up, Annie.... You
Annie: Oh, the light from my lamp is gone!
Lady: And soís mine!
Young Lady: And mine too! What are we gonna do? Oh my God!
Lady: Try to fix them! I havenít got even a drop of oil!
Lady: This is what you get for being careless! Go and buy some
oil at the store, and see if they will give you a little! Hurry!
Lady: And donít be late for the party!
Lady: Run, Annie, run.... Oh God!
Jesus: So the five bridesmaids who did not bring enough oil
hurriedly left to buy in the square. While they were away, we arrived
at the house, singing and clapping with the groom...
Ladies: Open the door, my dear, for the groom wishes to enter!
Men: Open the door, my love, for your master is here!
Ladies: Open the door, lady, most beautiful one!
Men: Open the door, beloved, for outside, it is terribly cold!
Jesus: The other five ladies with their lighted lamps, opened
the door for us and led us inside the house, where the bride was anxiously
waiting. She was dressed in blue, with a crown of orange blossoms around
Man: Letís begin the great celebration!
Jesus: Then the door was closed. The dance began. There was
much food, and every guest was happy... A few minutes later, the careless
bridesmaids came back from the store, running...
Annie: Please open the door!... Weíre back!
Lady: Open the
door, please... and let us in!
Servant: Whoís banging the door, huh?
Lady: Our other
companions. They forgot to bring enough oil, so they came late!
Annie: Please open the door and let us in!
Servant: Stop disturbing us, dammit! Get away from here! Itís your fault. You
were not vigilant. Who told you to sleep and be late?
Peter: Then what happened, Jesus? After having waited long enough,
were they left outside the house?
Jesus: Well, Peter, the truth is these girls were not alert.
them right, for being foolish and non-vigilant.
okay. The girls failed to do their part. But... the groom... what did
he do, Jesus? Didnít he open the door for them?
groom did what every groom is expected to do, Peter. When he learned
what was happening outside...
Raphael: Hey guys, are you having fun, tonight?! Did you like the pastries?
What about the wine?
John: Everything is wonderful, Raphael. Hereís a toast to you
and to Lullina!
Raphael: And to all of you, my friends! A toast to all of you!
Raphael, the groom, went to where we were... He was radiant with joy...
Raphael: And whoís up next, huh? Is anyone preparing to get married
Jesus: No, not yet. Itís a lot easier to tell stories about
weddings! Say, Raphael, what would you do if tonight, five of your wifeís
bridesmaids came late for the party because they had run out of oil.
When they came back from buying oil, they found the door of the house
locked. Would you let them in or not?
Raphael: But of course, Jesus! How could I leave them out in the
cold? My house is always open, it never closes at night. Today is the
happiest day of my life, and I wouldnít want anyone to be left out in
the cold of night. Well, guys, enjoy yourselves!
you later, Raphael!
Jesus: You see, Peter? This was what the other groom did. All
grooms do the same...
Annie: Please, let us in, please!
Servant: Donít bother us, dammit! Get away from here! Itís all
your fault. Who told you to sleep and be late?
Reuben: But, whatís going on here, Theodore? Whom are you quarreling
with, with ghosts?
Servant: No, master. With five negligent young ladies who didnít
come on time. Too bad for them. Let them wait outside. This is what
is commanded of us: to close the door.
Reuben: Well, go ahead and open it, címon.
Servant: What was that again, Master?
wide the doors! Let the five young ladies in. They must be very tired!
Theyíve waited for a long time! Címon, hurry, open the door and let
anyone in who wants to enter! Today is a joyful day and I want everybody
to join me in the celebration! This is a wedding, yes sir, and the party
is for all!
right. All grooms do the same thing. The joy of a wedding fills the
heart.... I believe God will also do the same at the end, at midnight,
when we all get back to our homes with but little oil left in our lamps...
The sounds of drums and zithars echoed until dawn. Until then, we continued
dancing and celebrating the great joy of that wedding feast, with doors