First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.

Moses told the people, “Remember how for forty years now the Most High, Your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your intention to keep the commandments.  You were afflicted with hunger, and then fed with manna, a food unknown to you, in order to show you that not by bread alone do you live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of Our God.

“Do not become haughty of heart and unmindful of Our God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery; who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water from the flinty rock and fed you in the desert with manna, a food unknown to your ancestors, that God might afflict you and test you, but also make you prosperous in the end.”

The Word of God recorded in the book of Deuteronomy.