Homeless Jesus

HomelessJesus

Jesus by sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz

It takes a moment to see that the slight figure shrouded by a blanket, hauntingly similar to the real homeless who lie on grates and in doorways, is Jesus. It’s the gaping wounds in the feet that reveal the subject, whose face is draped and barely visible, as Jesus the Homeless.

Despite message of the sculpture — Jesus identifying with the poorest among us — it was rejected by two prominent Catholic churches.It is now located outside Regis College in Toronto, Ontario, (Jesuit College).The Toronto sculpture, funded by Kitchener real estate developer Peter Benninger, is situated near the front entrance to Regis College. “It’s one of the most inviting and authentic representations of Jesus,” says Rev. Gordon Rixon, dean of the college. “There’s the suggestion there is the king and he is answering our culture with his poverty, vulnerability and weakness.”) Read the complete article by Leslie Scrivener at the Star.com.

The following Video depicts the Sculptors Description and Rationale for his work of art.

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