An Unexpected Encounter
In a mad dash to get to class on time I stopped short, aghast, in a drizzle of rain drops. There lay a homeless person asleep on a park bench at the door of Regis College. Usually, sad to say, the homeless don’t draw our attention against the backdrop of urban life. This person seemed different somehow. Call 911, or check it out? Tiptoeing forward for a closer look I met a life-sized bronze sculpture of a blanket wrapped someone whose covered face was an enigma. As my gaze slipped down the carefully crafted folds of grey, I drew another gasp. Could this be Jesus with uncovered wounded feet stretched sideways for all to see? The space near his exposed feet was an invitation to sit down and meet the crucified Jesus who healed the sick, taught, and loved all to his death, yet was rejected then, and now too. Cars sped by, and cyclists pedalled fast beside strolling pedestrians, as I sat in the weak sunlight filtering through my jumbled thoughts and emotions grateful for mysterious moments when a silent, stone statue seemed to breathe new life into me. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The “Homeless Jesus” statue was created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz in Toronto in 2013. Now there are several around the world drawing attention to Matthew 25: 35-45.