Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Jesus and the Blankets

There is a new statue outside of my office.  It's called Homeless Jesus, and it is a bronze (I think it's bronze) depiction of Jesus, wrapped up in a blanket, lying on a park bench.  The only part of him that is visible outside of the blanket are his bare feet, with the nail holes being his identifying feature.  My office is located in a church, and a church member made a donation to purchase the sculpture.  It is located outside, next the sidewalk in front of the church building.

Lately, blankets have been appearing on top of Jesus, and a sign has been hung that says, "If you are cold, take a blanket from Jesus.  If you are warm and have a house, can you give a blanket, please?"  The blankets appear, and then they disappear, taken from Jesus by those who are cold.

I think that is a wonderful enactment of the scripture:
...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’  (Matthew 25:36-40)
How can we give to Jesus today?



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