Mere attendance [at Mass] is not enough. Being fully present is what will enrich not only our liturgical celebrations in and of themselves, but empower our hearts to be free to embrace Jesus as the way for our lives. Being fully present is effort. It should, in a good way, be exhausting. It is to allow ourselves to be poured out for each other.
Jesus never said, I have come that you might have liturgy.
He did say, I have come that you might have life.
--Catholic composer David Haas,
posted on Facebook, August 12, 2015
Image source: Parable of the Ten Virgins, detail, by Scottish artist Phoebe Traquair (1852-1936), Mansfield Traquair Church, Edinburgh, Scotland