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Reg Hartt as Christ by Bruce Simpson.

From THE SHROUD we know Jesus stood 5 foot eleven inches, was built like a lumberjack and was as strong as an ox. We also know he was dirt poor. Being a Galilean peasant he dropped his aitches when he spoke. Most educated people meeting Him then or now would not give him five seconds. He called God, “Papa.” So do I.

In THE LAST JUDGEMENT the saved are told, “You saw me homeless, hungry, naked, sick and in prison and you helped me. Come on in.”

In THE LAST JUDGEMENT the damned are told, You saw me homeless, hungry, naked, sick and in prison and you passed me by. Go to Hell.”

Both say, “When did we that to you?”

The LORD replies, “When you did it to the least you did it to me.”

In the 1980s a fellow living with me asked if I could find room for a homeless friend of his. I did.

That fellow was Bruce Simpson who did the attached drawing of myself as Christ.

We are called to be the body of Christ.

Too few answer that call.

For its first 300 years Christianity was illegally practiced in people’s homes.

In the 20th and 21st century more people have died for the Faith than did in those first 300 years.

One day out postering I saw a group of priests cross the road to avoid a beggar.

I crossed the road and said to them, “Do you mind if I ask you a question?”

They said, “Go ahead.”

I said, “You know, in the parable of The Good Samaritan it is possible that the priest and the Levite when they crossed the road prayed that God would help the wounded man do you agree?”

“Yes,” they said.

I continued, “However, if God answered their prayers He used unclean hands for in their eyes the Samaritan was beneath contempt. I have found that when God answers prayers HE uses unclean hands.”

Their faces became red from the slap I gave their souls.

Of course, as Peter was told, how can we call anything created by God unclean?

This Easter people can come into my home to meditate before The Shroud. It is ironic that was illegal for the first 300 years of Christianity is illegal in Toronto in the 21st century.

Bruce asked me what was the best course to follow for a career in animation. I told him to stay as far away from animation schools as he could, to find a studio that was hiring and to earn while he learned. He went out and came back that day excited as he had a job. When he told me where I said, “You are at the best place in town.”

Two weeks later I met his boss by chance. I told him a young fellow had asked me what the best course was to follow a career in animation. I said I had told him to stay as far away as possible from Sheridan College and other animation schools.

“That was good advice,” said his boss.

I continued, “I told him to find a studio in town that was hiring and would train people on the job.”

“That was excellent advice,” said his boss.

“He is one of the few who took it. He went out that day and came back with a job at the best place in Toronto.”

“Where is that?” asked his boss.

I said, “Your place.”

His boss asked, “Who was it?”

I said, “Bruce Simpson.”

His boss said, “He is really good.”

John, in his first letter, wrote, “You have no need that any man should teach you.”

This is true.

This is why we find so few people of faith in academia.
When Solomon was asked what gift he wanted he replied, “Wisdom.”
When I was asked what gift I wanted I said, “Wisdom did not do Solomon much good. Please give me understanding.”
–Reg Hartt 02/04/2016

“Most teachers say you should go to school to get your degree to have something to fall back on. Aside from being a huge lie, that also creates a very high level of mediocrity, because nobody who really believes that is going to take the leap of faith required. Stay out of school.”–Ellis Marsalis to his sons Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton.

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