July 20, 1969: I am the Vine and You are the Branches

In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute [they] had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O’Hare [sic], the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas. I agreed reluctantly. I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements. And of course, it’s interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon — and Who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the “Love that moves the Sun and other stars.”

Edward Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin

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  1. In the 1960’s America was reading about Neil Armstrong and landing on the Moon. In 2019, America is screaming about Ilhan Omar and Twitter.

    Hope and Change.

  2. Faith is a gift from God. Atheists aka Madalyn Murray O’Hair are too proud to ask “their Creator” for the gift of Faith.
    The Supreme Court told O’Hair that she could go her own way. Freedom from religion is not in our First Amendment because each and every person must follow his own conscience. A lawsuit to force a person other than oneself to follow atheism is the damnedest most stupid thing ever.

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