First Reading: Exodus 16:2-4; 12-15

A reading from the book of Exodus.

The whole community of the Israelites began to complain against Moses and Aaron there in the wilderness.  The people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by Our God’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat next to pots of meat and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to make the whole community die of hunger.”

Then Our God said to Moses, “Look, I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  The people will go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them and see whether or not they will follow my instructions. Say this to them: ‘In the evening twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will have your fill of bread. Then you will know that I, the Most High, am Your God.’ ”

And so it came about that in the evening, quail flew in and covered the camp.  And in the morning there was a coating of dew all around the camp; when the coating of dew lifted, there on the surface of the desert were flakes of something: delicate, powdery, fine as frost. When they saw this, the people of Israel asked, “What is that?”, not knowing what it was.  But Moses told them, “This is the bread Our God has given you to eat.”

The Word of God recorded in the book of Exodus.