O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.
Throughout Scripture, wisdom is presented as a necessity that God’s people must seek in order to live in His good favors. The book of Proverbs personifies wisdom as a woman, a teacher and helper, who shows her followers how to live and how to be God’s people. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we come to understand that God is the source of all wisdom, without which we wander aimlessly “like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
In this antiphon, we beg the Lord to come to us as Wisdom, to lead us with his “strong yet tender care.” This brings to mind the Good Shepherd, who lays his lost sheep upon his shoulder and carries them home. Like a shepherd leads his flock, we ask Jesus to lead us to salvation, to our heavenly home where we will live with Him forever.