“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” The words of Jesus quoted in Matthew 8:20; Luke 9:58
What is your reaction when you see someone sleeping on a park bench? Distain, pity, revulsion, compassion? Supposing you saw Jesus sleeping on a park bench. What would your reaction be then?
I am tempted to misquote the Toronto Star as saying “Jesus the homeless rejected by two prominent churches.”i The headline in Saturday’s paper (April 13, 2013) actually read, “Sculpture of Jesus the Homeless rejected by two prominent churches.” After being turned down by two prominent churches in Toronto and New York City, the sculpture now stands near Wellesley St. W., outside Regis College at the University of Toronto.
Reaction to the sculpture has been mixed, as you can imagine. Yes, it is only a sculpture, but what if it really was Jesus? Would you—would I—even recognize Him? (“It’s the gaping wounds in the feet that reveal the subject,” reported the Star.) Would we dare to sit next to Him on the bench? (According to the article, there is room.)
But do we even need to speculate what we would do? Here’s the test. Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you did it (or didn’t do it) to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it (or did not do it) to Me.” (See Matthew 25:40 & 45) The answer is clear to me. What do you think?