Today, on this Sunday before the fast of Great Lent, we see the focus on the sad incident of Adam and Eve’s disobedience of God’s command, which resulted in the loss of the joys of Paradise (see Genesis chapter 3)
We are presented with a shocking scene in today’s Gospel, with the exhausted and humiliated Prodigal son falling to his Father’s feet. The son came knowing exactly what he would say to him: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am not worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants”
Zachaeus, the chief tax collector, who was presented to us in today's Gospel reading, was empowered by the Government authorities to determine and collect state taxes. This provided him with wealth and power. But his soul was empty. How can material goods satisfy his spirit?