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The latest setting for the artwork known as “Jesus the Homeless” is outside St Ann’s Church in the Manchester, England.
The near life-size bronze sculpture depicts Jesus as a homeless person sleeping on a bench. His face and hands are obscured, hidden under a blanket, but crucifixion wounds on his feet reveal his identity. The statue has been described as a “visual translation” of the Gospel of Matthew passage in which Jesus tells his disciples, “as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me”
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The work is from the Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. He said “Jesus the Homeless” does what artwork should do, get out a message that Jesus is with the marginalized. He hopes people who see it will realize that it is a sacred duty to care for the least of our brothers and sisters.
Greater Manchester is in the middle of a £1.8 million project to address homelessness between now and 2020.
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