The Christian liturgy has never hesitated to speak, simultaneously, a language of sin and a language of healing. The simultaneous presence of both languages creates a tension that makes festivity possible. For unless festivity can deal with the unavoidable ambiguity of real life——its scabs and its successes—-it becomes escapist. By insisting that we acknowledge our pain—-our failure and our finitude—-the festivity of worship offers us the possibility of moving beyond it toward a vision of humanity healed and reconciled.
– Nathan Mitchell