Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love.
Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty
Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus is in Jerusalem. Pharisees come to him and ask questions. Listen, look at the people in this scene, maybe you are also present there.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would follow God’s greater glory in my life
The Pharisees ask Jesus a provocative question: << Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Cesear or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?>> Jesus at the beginning answers with the question: << Why are you testing me? >>
Consider why the Pharisees asked this question, what did they want to get? What do you feel hearing this conversation?
What questions do you ask people, why, what is your motivation when talking to others? What questions do you ask God? What do they cause in you? Why are they important to you?
2. State law and God’s law.
Jesus answers the Pharisees when he says: Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar and God what belongs to God. So, he talks about respecting the law created by people and respecting God’s law. One can say that Jesus says: be honest, do your best, obey the rules. The difference between God’s law and human law is fundamental: God’s law comes first, it is supra-state and the moral attitude of man and it is based primarily on God’s law. Ideally, the law created by people would be in accordance with God’s law. This is often not the case: for example, in the case of defending unborn children. It seems that man likes to interpret the rules in his own way, convenient for himself, stretch the law, both state and God’s. If I’m comfortable explaining why I don’t pay taxes, what I’m saying about others is not talking about how to hide some difficult truth, it’s not a lie … We often explain to ourselves that it is not a lie or a lesser evil. However, it is not about choosing the major or lesser evil but we should choose goods. So, if you undertake something, or do not undertake, speak or you are silent, the motivation should be to look for the greater good.
Look how you obey human and God’s laws. What is your honesty in complying with them? How are you looking for a greater good?
3. … from nonspiritual to spiritual life ….
Our internal awareness, thanks to which we notice and get to know our thoughts, our moves, feelings is very important for our lives, it enables conscious shaping of our behavior. If it additionally affects our lives of faith and seeking God’s will (that is, how I find God in my life) we can talk about spiritual awareness. Note what states it evokes in you, what feelings it raises when experiencing reality, individual events of the day, conversations, honesty before the law, contact with nature. Perhaps you feel joy, which is nonspiritual consolation, usually lasting quite a short time, because it is directly related to a specific situation. Searching for such joyful events is entirely up to us. If in this consolation we begin to feel God’s closeness, his love, and gratitude for the gift of creation, then we can talk about experiencing spiritual consolation (usually it lasts longer and is independent of our will). It is worth remembering that nonspiritual consolations may lead to spiritual consolation. (cf. Timothy M. Gallagher OMV, The Discernment of Spirits, chapter 3).
Search and find God’s presence in your life, in your everyday life.
Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.
The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar, such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54)