During Advent, we sing the traditional hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” a beautiful song based on the “O” Antiphons from the Liturgy of the Hours (Vespers) for the octave (eight days) before Christmas (beginning December 17).
One verse of that song is of particular interest to catechists, because it speaks of our longing for being taught to live according to God’s way:
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
This verse expresses our inner desire to be taught properly so that we may find the right path. Deep within, we all desire rich and profound catechesis—teaching that leads us to know God. When we pray for the coming of Emmanuel, we are praying for the coming of “the Great Catechist”—the One who teaches us the path to God.
P.S. Enjoy this meditative version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” on YouTube.