Just a homeless stranger in TX

This is a good work on so many levels. Timothy Schmalz,  a Canadian artist, was commissioned (by an anonymous person) to fashion this bronze sculpture for a church in Austin TX; an ingenious idea to call attention to the plight of the homeless.

The hope of these Texans is that the bronze serves as a reminder that the son of man had not a place to lay his head.

I would be very surprised if one person found fault.  If so, check your pulse.

Image source: KVUE-TV

Image source: KVUE-TV

‘Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.’  And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

‘For the poor you always have with you.’

‘Whom do men say that I am?’ Some say John, Elijah,  others a simple prophet, others perhaps a homeless stranger. ‘Whom say ye that I am?’


Image source: KVUE-TV

Wouldn’t it be embarrassing to lift a finger of protest…


Some time ago, a similar post was written.



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18 Responses to Just a homeless stranger in TX

  1. Julie Harris says:

    Wow… this is very moving!

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  2. Very profound work of art.

    I enjoyed your other post too, the hobo one. There are angels to be found there, scholars sometimes, people of great wisdom. Often in this world we leave our best and brightest behind. Sometimes they alienate their own selves and sometimes they can simply see beyond the falseness of it all and once you do that, it’s hard to engage back into the world at large.

    We have a rather unpleasant approach to the homeless, if we perceive them at all. We tend to view them as people in need of a cure, job training, education, as if it were just a simple matter of not quite being bright enough to know to come in from the weather. One thing that’s a problem with the secular nature of social services is that they often fail to address the spiritual aspects and needs of people, in fact, “secular” very nearly means you are forbidden to do so.

    Christ was very good at teaching us to flip that around, to understand that servant master relationship and to not perceive the least of these as lesser than us.

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  3. ColorStorm says:

    Profound yes, very as you say. That’s the creatorial part of man, Michaelangeloish if you will; the human reaching for the divine. I could almost see the reverence in the soft hammering, the inspiration, the desire to get it just right.

    And thank you really ib, for your Attention and thoughts on the hobo too, ‘angels, some scholars, wisdom,’ all part of this fabric called life. God’s goodness is everywhere if we simply pay attention. ‘ ……the least of these as lesser than us……………..’ This could only come from a very good place.

    (Btw, just saw your comment to CT regarding Amazing grace. I’ll tell ya twice how that is just right)


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