From the Catholic Register in Canada:
St. Jacobs, Ont., is home to a historic village, a charming farmer’s market and one of Canada’s most renowned Catholic sculptors, Timothy Schmalz.
On this day, in his backyard, Schmalz has a visitor — Jesus. Or rather a stand-in for Jesus. And he’s holding a rifle. Ed Czuchnicki, 65, has modelled for Schmalz for about 20 years and been the life model for all of the artist’s Jesus sculptures inspired by a passage from Matthew 25, including his most recent work When I Was Sick You Visited Me. The bronze sculpture, featured outside of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, was blessed by Bishop Douglas Crosby on Aug. 17. The key to posing as Jesus is to “not let it go to your head,” said Czuchnicki, who was raised Catholic. “I am representing someone, I am not pretending to be them,” he said. “I never think, ‘I am Jesus right now.’ If I am representing Christ, it’s Christ. If I’m representing a pirate, it’s a pirate.”
Photo: St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation/Catholic Register