Today, I had to miss Mass.
The worst part wasn't just missing it; it was that I had clicked "Going" maybe ten minutes prior when I thought it would be a possibility still, I opened my Zoom app, and then...
...thunder, lightning, and eventually, rainfall with hail.
I tend to unplug my electronics during storms- better to be safe than sorry- and I thought it was better to not attend the Mass lest the power go out and potentially interrupt the service with my abruptly leaving.
So, it was necessary to miss this very important and holy service- just for today.
Sometimes, people are traveling. Sometimes, family priorities take over. We have to prioritize things and do that which is necessary in this life.
The impermanence of things is also apparent here- knowing to not take the Mass for granted, knowing that I may not always be able to attend- I have to put forth the effort and energy to make sure I appreciate the Mass when I'm present for it.
Prioritize things, and understand that we have to compromise sometimes for a greater good.