Judas Tree

May 4, 2012

in Nature

Judas tree

“The spring blooms of a Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum, which always appear at the end of Lent. It is an unusual tree—here photographed in a public garden in San Gwann, Malta—that originated from the Mediterranean region and then ‘moved’ into western Asia. According to legend this is the tree on which Judas hanged himself after betraying Jesus, after which the white flowers turned red with his blood and shame. Yet it is also known as the ‘Love tree,’ reflecting the Lord’s love for us all, including Judas, such that He annually allows him his “moment of glory” too, and as a reminder of his betrayal.”

Submitted by John R. Portelli.

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