Arts, Culture & Heritage

Homeless Jesus

Last Updated: April 3, 2024
Artist

Timothy P Schmalz

A Brief History

The artist created a sculpture known as Homeless Jesus, which was inspired by Matthew 25:35-40 which states

 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

The sculpture is said to suggest that Christ is with the marginalised in society. Its primary purpose is to raise awareness of the marginalised, challenge and inspire society to be more compassionate and charitable and to act upon that inspiration. This renowned sculpture is already installed at several Catholic churches around the world.

Description

This is a bronze metal sculpture depicting a figure of Jesus as homeless. He is sleeping on a bench, covered in a blanket with only his pierced feet showing – that being the only indication that indeed it is Jesus.

Artwork Signage

The artist created a sculpture known as Homeless Jesus, which was inspired by Matthew 25:35-40 which states

 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

The sculpture is said to suggest that Christ is with the marginalised in society. Its primary purpose is to raise awareness of the marginalised, challenge and inspire society to be more compassionate and charitable and to act upon that inspiration. This renowned sculpture is already installed at several Catholic churches around the world.

Location & Address

16 Stiemens St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2017