Every day in the Liturgy of the Hours we recite the prayer of Mary, usually known by its Latin title the Magnificat, which she proclaimed during her visitation with Elizabeth. Notice how much of the prayer is in the past tense. The Almighty “has scattered the proud in their conceit; has cast down the mighty from their thrones; has lifted up the lowly; has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.” Mary claimed the victory — which we think of as to come — as already having taken place. Mary trusted that the Lord’s word would be fulfilled. We are invited to have the same kind of trust that living for God, in love, mercy and forgiveness, inaugurates the Kingdom.