Thursday, December 18, 2014

Homeless Jesus by Timothy Schmalz

Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? Matthew 25:37

This line, combined with the experience of meeting a homeless man wrapped in a blanket sleeping on a street in downtown Ontario, Canada, was what inspired sculptor Timothy Schmalz to create this image of Jesus on a park bench. The first statue was installed at Regis College in Toronto with others now being located around the world. Last fall, he presented the sculpture to Pope Francis who blessed it.It provides a visual reminder that Christ is in everyone we meet, even when it is hard to see; perhaps most especially when it is hardest to see.

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