Seventh Sunday of Epiphany

Your Word Is like Silver

Psalm 12: 6

Deuteronomy 6: 4

Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18

Joshua promised that he and his family would follow the Lord, proclaiming the Shema.

The words of Deuteronomy 6: 4 are the central statement of Jewish faith, and observant Jews place these words in special containers, called mezuzahs, on their doorframes, so that the world will know that people who love God live in their houses.

These words are called the Shema: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one God. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.

Traditionally, the Shema is posted on the doorpost of the front door in a mezuzah, or it can be worn in phylacteries, as the Pharisees did.

Copy the words as nicely as possible onto a fine grade of paper. Roll the paper carefully and put it in a metal or clay container. You could use the lidded metal containers that we buy mints in and paint them with metallic gold or silver paint.

You might choose to post them on the front doorframe of your house - or you might add magnet tape and post them on the door to the refrigerator, the symbol of the wonderful feast to come.

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