Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz
World renowned sculpture Timothy Schmalz approached the Parish inviting us to consider obtaining one of his pieces entitled, "When I Was Naked". This piece depicts a homeless image of Jesus shielded by a cardboard box. It is part of a collection reflecting on the gospel passage of the final judgment found in Matthew 25.
Schmalz has provided installations of his work at Regis College in Toronto with the homeless Jesus on the park bench, as well as at St. Paul's Anglican church with "When I Was A Stranger" which is also part of the series rooted in Matthew 25.
It is Schmalz's hope that further installations from the collection reflecting the final judgment will be installed throughout the City of Toronto. It is therefore an honour to be invited to consider adding this thoughtful and meditative piece to the beauty of the exterior of the Church.
This particular piece, "When I Was Naked" has also been installed at St. Peter in Chains Basilica in Rome. Many of his work are displayed throughout the world, providing beautiful bronzed sculptured images of Jesus and the Good News of Plentiful Redemption.
Matthew 25: 34-40
'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 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.'
'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?'
'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[a]you did it to me.'
This humble monument is dedicated to our countless brothers and sisters who so often are forced to call the streets their home and seek shelter here at St. Patrick's "Out of the Cold", for decades. In respect and thanksgiving, it also honours the dedicated, selfless service of all parishioners and volunteers who continue to work together to help those in our community who are in most need of assistance.