This sculpture has rested on the grounds of the Cathedral since 2017 and has served as an inspiration to me every time I see it. The work, part of a Biblical Matthew 25 series by the artist Timothy P. Schmaltz, portrays Jesus Christ as a bare homeless man, one pierced hand outstretched and the other gripping a piece of cardboard as protection.
Last December, just around Christmas, I noticed coins – pennies and nickels- in the palm of the outreached hand.
Recently, after a few very rainy days, I noticed the figure was covered in protective gear, a ‘hoodie’ of sorts.
I believe these items were gifts of gratitude to our compassionate Lord, the One who gave so much, from our invisible, ignored or shunned neighbors; those with so little, so often forgotten.
During the next few months we are challenged by the liturgical season and the mysteries of our faith to reach out to these neighbors and each other. We are called to act on His words: ” 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.’.” . (Matthew 25:36)
Holiday giving and helping opportunities will be featured here soon. Please, listen to Him speaking to your heart. Follow our neighbors’ lead!
Camille Graves Douglas
Christian Service Coordinator