Mother of God: Mother of the Steets
Inspired by an Icon by Brother Robert Lentz OFM of the same name.
The homeless are the tip of the iceberg of the injustice and pain in our society. They are the visible “invisibles”. The lonely, jobless workers, Addicts, battered women and children, veterans, the untreated mentally ill, or people simply too poor to get by. Yet, it is in ‘the least of these’ that we encounter Jesus.
This icon depicts the Mother of God as the mother of those on the streets. Her garments, as well as her sons, are bright and beautiful showing the hidden worth and dignity of street people, who are living icons of God.
“To turn aside from those on the margins of society, the needy and the powerless, is to turn aside from Jesus. Such people show His face to the world. Such people are also a presence of Church, for where Christ is, there is His Church.”