“Homeless Jesus” Sculpture Finds Thanksgiving Home at Messiah Lutheran Church

The “Homeless Jesus” sculpture has traveled to Messiah Lutheran Church, 21485 Lorain Road, Fairview Park. The sculpture is available for area churches to borrow and display for inspiration to their congregations.

A life size sculpture titled “Homeless Jesus” has traveled to Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park. Created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, it depicts Jesus as a homeless person lying on a bench covered by a blanket with wounds in his feet. This symbolic work of art is one of a series of inspiring sculptures crafted by Schmalz.

Community West Foundation purchased the sculpture and displayed it outside of its office building as a reminder of what the organization values. It is a visual representation of the Gospel passage in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” The Foundation had the intent all along for the statue to become a traveling exhibit. For the past month Homeless Jesus was placed at the First Congregational UCC Church in Elyria, known for their active concern for the marginalized.

The best way to give thanks this holiday season is by giving back. The sculpture, ‘Homeless Jesus’ now in place at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park reminds us all of those in need. Senior Pastor Jerome Burce welcomes the installation – on loan from Community West Foundation – as statement on giving back as a way to give thanks.

All are invited to take the opportunity and see “Homeless Jesus” currently at Messiah Lutheran campus at 21485 Lorain Road. There is even space at the end of the bench to sit for a while, to pray and meditate.

Community West Foundation will continue to make the sculpture available for area churches to borrow and display for inspiration to their congregations.

About Community West Foundation

Community West Foundation is a local philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting organizations that provide the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and medical care to the most needy in our community, as exemplified by the SocksPLUS campaign. Learn more at www.communitywestfoundation.org.

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