The Pope said that Christians are faced with that same choice in their daily lives. However, this choice is not easy for many. Some, he said, find it easier to "become servants of 'other gods.'"
"To choose between God and other gods: those who do not have the power to give us anything, only little things that passes," he said. "And it is not easy to choose, we always have this habit of going a bit where the people go, a bit like everyone else. Like everyone."
"Today the Church tells us: 'But, stop! Stop and choose.' It is good advice. And today it would do us well to stop and during the day to think a bit: what is my lifestyle like? Which path am I walking on?"
'Gaining the World'
In today's Gospel from St. Luke, Christ says to his disciples that "whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”
The 78 year old Pontiff reiterated Jesus' words, stressing that the wrong path is that of always looking for one's own success without thinking of others, even family.
"One can gain everything, but in the end becomes a failure," he said.
"'But no, they made a monument to him, they painted a portrait of him..." But he has failed: he didn't know how to choose between life and death."
Concluding his homily, Pope Francis said that today's responsorial psalm was the answer for mankind's fear in making a decision: "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord."
"Today, in the moment in which we stop to think of these things and make decisions, to choose something, we know that the Lord is with us, next to us, to help us. He never lets us go out alone, never! He is always with us. He is with us even in the moments when we make a choice," he concluded.