These Red Bud buds are at a Communion Call house. I am reminded of the massive Red Bud tree that someone cut down at the back of the rectory property when I wasn’t there, perhaps to redirect the stream, but I don’t know. It’s not infrequent that Jesus’ good mom is reminded of the wounds borne by Jesus when he was cut down down and taken away from her. Indeed, He still bears those wounds also on His risen body. The wounds speak of the majesty of the mercy founded on justice, of the mercy which He provides to us and for which Mary, on our behalf, interceded.