The Difference Between Heaven and Hell

Too often we think that religion is an individual affair. While there are elements of religion that involve the individual, almost all of them are made possible through an initial collective effort. Religion is about community; the community of the people assembled this week and most weeks, the community of our ancestors who have bequeathed our tradition to us, and the community of those who will come after us that will inherit what we leave them. Let us be faithful stewards of the present.