Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz says he created "Jesus the Homeless" to remind Christians that Jesus is with everyone, especially those who are marginalized in society – the poor and the homeless.
This is a powerful image that speaks volume to the day and time we are in right now. There's an awesome message being displayed in a controversial new sculpture in downtown Toronto, Jesus is shown as homeless — an outcast sleeping on a bench. Jesus has been depicted in art as triumphant, gentle or suffering.
Now, 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 identifies with the poorest among us — it was rejected by two prominent Catholic churches, St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Article Here!