The origins of Corpus Christi go back a long way and I would like to reflect a little on them today. They go back, in fact, to the 13th century and a Belgian nun called Juliana of Mont Cornillon who was born near Liege in 1193 and died in Northern France in 1258.
I was quite taken aback last week when I worked our how many years of my life I have spent in educational establishments of one kind or another. Seven years in primary school, six in secondary and another six in the seminary came to nineteen.
Prophets come in all shapes and sizes. Last week it was Ezekiel, in many ways the strangest of all the Old Testament prophets, a priest who preached against the political elite in Jerusalem just before the Exile in Babylon and was one of those carried off by Nebuchadnezzar in 598 BC.
Two weeks ago we heard from the prophet Ezekiel. Last week it was Amos. And this week it’s Jeremiah. He was born around 650-645BC, died in 586 and so lived through the years leading up to the fall of Jerusalem and the Exile in Babylon in 589.