We see in Mtt 25:1-13 Jesus presenting the Parable of Ten Virgins. Of the ten, five are wise , anticipate delay in arrival of the groom, and stock enough oil to last through the ceremony. Five are foolish and are not prepared for unanticipated events. The ratio of wise and foolish virgins is one to one. Elsewhere, Jesus says that a few out of the many invited, are chosen for the reward of eternal life ( Mtt 22:14). My question is : According to Catholic scholars, does the ratio of wise virgins to foolish ones have any significance ?
St. Thomas Aquinas's commentary on Matthew ch. 25 gives three reasons for why there were 10 virgins. His 3rd reason is:
Or He says ten on account of the number of the five senses doubled. For they are doubled in one way, according to Gregory, in that five are in men and five are in women: and so there are ten. According to Jerome, they are doubled according to the fact that they refer to the different senses: for certain senses are interior and others are exterior.