Homeless Jesus statue

when I first read the title of this thread, I thought it was a statue of Jesus that needed a church to call home. Then I read the article…its a sculpture of Jesus as a homeless person…

It makes sense and I suppose I can understand why a church would be uncomfortable with having it. But we should remember

** For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.**

Christ was never homeless - His home is and always has been in heaven.

Nice try, but I don’t like it.

~Liza

:thumbsup:[BIBLEDRB]Matthew 8:20[/BIBLEDRB]

Can I ask what about it you don’t like?

Most of the homeless people living on the street like that today are mentally ill and or substance abusers.

I don’t think Jesus qualified the statement that we must care for the homeless.

Matthew 25:45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

I would say “the least of these” includes the homeless, even if they are mentally ill or substance abusers. Going from the previous verses, it certainly includes the hungry, thirsty, strangers, those in need of clothing and those who are in prison.

I think the statue captures the spirit of this passage very well. :slight_smile:

At the end of the day, HE IS the Creator of the universe. HE IS God, and is perfect in every respect. He is NOT a human who is subject to the fallen nature of the rest of us (thus the circumstances and situations that cause one to become homeless). He is NOT your average Homeless Joe. I believe this statue reduces or even removes the Divinity of Christ, and attempts to make Him just like the rest of us. That is heresy. And I don’t care if it’s “art” and is symbolic – there are other ways to get a point across, I do not believe this is one of them.

~Liza

Should we then remove every image of Christ dead on the cross from every crucifix around the world? Showing our Lord’s broken and lifeless body, where is the divinity in that? Should Jesus only be shown in blazing white robes seated on a throne in Heaven, with perfect hair, perfect teeth, and the abs of an Abercrombie and Fitch model?

I’m not sure how a fallen nature leads to homelessness. There are many people, through no fault of their own, find themselves on very hard times. Remember, He said what you do to the LEAST of my brothers, you do to me. So every single time we turn our backs on those in these terrible situations we are literally turning our back on Jesus. So in actuality, the Homeless Jesus statue is biblically accurate.

No – and I knew you were going to ask that, but I waited to respond until you did.

The difference is that Christ’s death was to redeem a fallen world. It was not in vain. We reflect on Christ’s suffering for many spiritual reasons - it is not the death of a mere man, it was the death of the Son of God. Big difference.

I’m not sure how a fallen nature leads to homelessness. There are many people, through no fault of their own, find themselves on very hard times.

Fallen nature absolutely does lead to homelessness. If the person is mentally ill, if they have lost a job because of cutbacks because someone made bad business decisions, if they lost their home because their spouse gambled money away ---- it’s all going to come back to fallen nature every.single.time.

Remember, He said what you do to the LEAST of my brothers, you do to me. So every single time we turn our backs on those in these terrible situations we are literally turning our back on Jesus. So in actuality, the Homeless Jesus statue is biblically accurate.

I can’t disagree more. Christ was never homeless. Period.

You are trying to make this into some artistic statement, and I think it fails miserably.

But I’ll not continue to argue this with you, because I have my opinion about this, and you have yours.

~Liza

Deuteronomy 15:7
“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother.

Matthew 5:42
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

1 John 3:17
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person?

Deuteronomy 15:11
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

Deuteronomy 24:14
Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.

Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Isaiah 58:10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Lovely, TB. :slight_smile:

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Thankyou pollynova
God bless you

:amen:

Hmm, I think what would make this Statue more real Is if Our Lord Jesus was helping the homeless man or another person (whether it be a man or woman) helping the homeless person out after all we are supposed to see Christ in everyone.

I’m thinking of Matthew 25:31-46

Not that it matters but just my :twocents:

Now, go serve the poor :slight_smile:

God bless,

goforgoal

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Yes, that’s an excellent idea! :thumbsup:

I do not see anything morally wrong in this magnificent creation. I think there is a another topic here in the article that no one is catching on.

Why are church councils making the decision on the use of this statue? The priest gets the final say not some self elected council. We are not the other christian factions where some council hires a ‘pastor’.

As a person who is an art enthusiast and devout Catholic, I love this piece! I live in NYC and to see that in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral would be wonderful, but it is sad that it will not be so. The church in Manhattan that I like attending most, The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, on 31st street would probably take it. Franciscan spirituality is at the heart of everything that takes place in that church, I even hope to offer them my services eventually when I am ready. It has a wonderful history and has been visited by famous Catholics in the past, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton are only two who have frequently went there, not to mention Fr. Mychal Judge who died heroically on 9/11 and made that church the center of his life. I think that would be a wonderful choice, I may even have a suggestion where they could put it. :slight_smile: They are a church that is very dedicated to helping the poor and they do so openly everyday and are loved by many of the homeless people in the area, therefore, I think that would be the best place for it to go.

Well, what do you know! Thoughtful, meaningful art about Christ that doesn’t try to shock or offend. Who would’ve thunk it? :smiley:

Sure, we can argue about this being a slur on His dignity, but remember that He lived a simple life, cared for His lost fellow citizens who were “sheep without a shepherd”, and allowed Himself to be subjected to the worst indignities, all to atone for our sins. He identified himself with suffering humanity during His life on earth, and if that was the artist’s intention, I approve this message. :smiley:

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