Who conceived the idea to create a 3,011 pound lollipop? Next question, why? What is the point? Is this just an example of some of the bizarre things people do to try to get "into the record books." Was the previous record just a pound less or why did such an odd number get chosen? Was it supposed to be an even 3,000 pounds and something got messed up? These are some of the questions bouncing around in my head, but I digress.
I don't necessarily have a desire to do something outlandish to attract attention, but on the other hand, I am not opposed to utilizing creative measures in my teaching and preaching responsibilities. On occasion, I have made use of props in my homilies. Some people appreciate the visual accessories while others have politely (and not so politely) told me what to do with my props. I guess there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to the techniques of preaching.
I simply raise the issue today to stir your creative network. In a world that seeks to get information in 30 second sound bites, how do we convey the message of the Gospel so that it gets heard? I don't want to print a 3,011 pound Bible, but how can we generate interest in our parishioners to read, study, pray, and meditate upon the sacred Scriptures? How do we awaken the flock to hasten them to the Lord. Building up the Kingdom of God is no small task. We each have a responsibility to do our part. I think it is time for us to "GO BIG or GO HOME!"