And yet expectation remains a part of the faith; it is central to the faith. We Christians believe in something bigger than ourselves; we find hope in a God who is love, who is justice; we hope that love is bigger than the biggest institution, that justice is more powerful than all the earthly powers that touch us, that can eat away at us, that marginalize and pummel our neighbors and the children of God every day, near and far. We believe that life is stronger than death. That our lives have meaning beyond our lifetime here on earth. Hope is central to the Christian faith, hope that the cross was not just the execution of an insurrectionist, that the meal he shared with his disciples on the night of his arrest was not just one man’s last meal, but rather the very self-giving of God to all.