The essential point is that the Word of God and the reality of the Sacrament really occupy center stage; that we don’t bury God underneath our words and our ideas and that the liturgy doesn’t turn into an occasion to display ourselves. […]
[The liturgy] is not about our doing something, about our demonstrating our creativity, in other words, about displaying everything we can do. Liturgy is precisely not a shower, a piece of theater, a spectacle. Rather, it gets its life from the Other. That has to become evident, too. This is why the fact that the ecclesial form has been given in advance is so important. It can be reformed in matters of detail, but it cannot be reinvented every time by the community.
[…] In this sense, it’s not just the expression of this form that it’s important, but also its communality. This form can exist in different rites, but it must always contain that element which precedes us, that comes from the whole of the Church’s faith, from the whole of her tradition, from the whole of her life, and does not just spring from the fashion of the moment.