JEREMIAH 38: 4-6, 8-10
Jeremiah is a problem.  Some want to kill him because he brings bad news.  Others are afraid to kill him because he is a prophet of God.

HEBREWS 12: 1-4
Following the example of others before us, we are called to cast aside whatever prevents us from focusing on Jesus and follow him, whatever the cost.

LUKE 12: 49-53
The Gospel is a sign of contradiction, bringing peace or division, like fire which can warm and enlighten, or consume and destroy.