I was late for Mass last week, for circumstances beyond my control (a quick 3 hour drive turned into 4 hours due to car issues and such). I don't like being late to anything but especially Mass. We chose a different parish because of its location and the talk that was being given after Mass. I arrived 24 minutes late! OH MY!!! But surely, I was there in time for the Eucharistic Prayers....ummmm, no. Wow. But that's not what this is about. I missed the Liturgy of the Word completely.
I always thought that the 'main' portion was the Liturgy of the Eucharist portion. But I still felt somewhat like I had missed something. I am so used to receiving both the Word and Eucharist liturgies, that I hadn't contemplated one without the other. I felt incomplete, to a point. I depend on the Liturgy of the Word more than I had realized. The Eucharist fills me, but the Word prepares me. I've heard of, but never been to, 'communion services'.
I went again to Mass the next day, and again with my BFF on Wednesday. I just didn't feel complete without the full gift of Mass. I love that we have clearly defined portions of Mass.