Letter to a child: Reflection for Marriages: Luke 14:12-14

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From the Gospel according to Luke
Lk 14:12-14

From the Gospel according to Luke
Lk 14:12-14On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
He said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Message from the Lord.

Letter to a child:

There are two ways to express love. One is the self-serving love, typical of affection for material things, while the other is the love directed towards people.
Material objects are “loved” when they serve a purpose for oneself, essentially driven by self-interest.
On the other hand, love for people is about cherishing them for who they are, desiring their well-being, and nothing more than that.

Applied to married life:

Letter to a child:
Peter: I initially expected your mother to remain as sweet as the day I first met her.
Anna: I thought your father would continue to show as much affection as he did when we were dating.
Peter: I believed I would always be the center of her life, but when you and our children arrived, I felt like I took a back seat.
Anna: I hoped that when your father returned from work, he would come home eager to share his daily experiences with me…
And so on, and so forth.
Peter: However, because your mother isn’t perfect, I’ve learned to love her despite her shortcomings.
Anna: Similarly, because your father isn’t flawless, I’ve learned to genuinely love him just as he is.
Peter and Anna: Know, dear child, that your spouse’s love will eventually fall short. On that day when they can’t reciprocate with love, you can find happiness, for God will reward you based on how much love you’re able to give. And God’s generosity knows no bounds.
May you find great joy, my child.
Your parents.


The Lord is determined to teach us the essence of true love. We often resist, which leads us to miss out on the grand plan He has in store for us. Let us give praise to the Lord for creating us for a significant purpose: to love.

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