Jesus tells the disciples that it is better to cut off your hand or pluck out your eye to sin. Jesus isn't telling us to mame ourselves, but he is underscoring the severity of sin. We must remove obstacles to have a fruitful relationship with Christ.
Jesus predicts his passion a second time. The disciples are deeply grieved. They didn't understand the signifignce untile later on. Likewise, we shouldn't despair when we are slow to understand something about Jesus. Consider supporting my work at patreon.com/williamhemsworth
Jesus tells the disciples to not say a word about the transfiguration until after the resurrection. They realize that John the Baptist is the forerunner foretold in Malachi, and comes in the spirit of Elijah.l