Without going into a full dissertation (although I could recommend plenty of books) I came across a quote in an essay written by one of my professors of theology from seminary, Fr Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. entitled: Liturgy Speaks God's Word, Not Ours. Aside from the title, the quote that struck me was “'…ut legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi' (the law of prayer is the law of faith: the Church believes as she prays)" attributed to Prosper of Aquitaine. If we really believed what was before our eyes as the Source and Summit of our faith - Jesus Christ in the Eucharist from Nazareth to Tabor to Calvary - how different would we collectively enter into this mystery and how noble would the liturgy reflect such profound faith!
Furthermore, this constant tension of "traditional vs. contemporary" or "liberal vs. conservative" could easily be remedied if we simply focused the gaze of our souls on the center of all liturgy, Christ. In similar words as Fr Driscoll, George Weigel sums it up in his book Evangelical Catholicism: "When the liturgy becomes something we create, rather than an act of sacramental worship in which we participate, it risks imitating the Israelites in their worship of the golden calf at the base of Mt Sinai - which is to say, it risks becoming self-worship, the worship of the self-gathered and self-affirming community."
If we as Catholics really believed what has been gifted to us from the Father, if we only knew that attending holy Mass is not just "going to church", if we only would let Christ enamor our hearts as we step into that moment of Heaven at the altar - then we would certainly come out of it every Sunday like Moses did with a brilliant face after his encounter with God on Mt Sinai! It is then that we would not be able to contain ourselves and truly set the world ablaze! For we cannot give what we don't have.