On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Dallas experienced an incredible tragedy. I needed to time to reflect before if could find the words. Five of our police officers were gunned down simply because they were wearing a badge. They were there protecting the people that were protesting against them. They were there running into the barrage of bullets to protect their comrades. They were there holding their friends in their arms as they took their final breaths. This heroism defies expectations. And that is what our Gospel reading was about on Sunday, just a few days later.

The Good Samaritan defied expectations. He stopped, when all others passed by. He stopped for the man seemingly unworthy of his help. He stopped much like the police officers just a few days ago. We have all been called to live extraordinary lives and to defy the expectations this world has set for us. The men and women of law enforcement did that on Thursday, and they do it regularly.

As we mourn the loss of life, we can look to the lives that these men lived. We can listen to the words spoken by their family members. And we can clearly see that they lived extraordinary lives knowing that they might not make it home on any given night, never knowing if they were kissing their wives and kids for the last time, yet they did it anyway. Today and every day, we thank you. Know that you and your families are in our prayers. -Jason