"If anyone among us does not feel in need of God’s mercy, if he does not consider himself to be a sinner, it is better that he not go to Mass!" ~ Pope FrancisI would prefer that the Holy Father had replaced the word "Mass" with the words "Holy Communion".
At the same time, I would like to hear His Holiness talk also of our need to be in a State of Grace in order to receive Holy Communion, lest we eat and drink unto ourselves condemnation. None of us are 'worthy' but we should not be in a state of mortal sin when we receive Our Lord's Body and Blood. We don't hear much on that from Bishops, do we?
Sentiments of faith, unworthiness and penitence come and go and of course we should examine our consciences before Mass and pray to foster sentiments of penitence. Because we are sinners, we can experience the fog of our sins, especially pride, which blinds us to our deep unworthiness, even while in the Presence of God. However, people have lots of excuses for not going to Mass already. They surely don't need His Holiness to accidentally give them another one so they think, "I don't have to go to Mass anymore because I don't feel like I'm a sinner."
The rest of His Holiness's address on the Eucharist was very good I thought. Here is a taster...
'We go to Mass because we are sinners and because we wish to receive God’s forgiveness, to participate in Christ’s redemption, his forgiveness. That ‘I confess’ that we say at the beginning is not merely a ‘pro forma’, it is a true act of penance! … In that bread and that wine we offer and around which we gather, the gift of the body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins is renewed every time. This best summarises the deepest sense of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, and in turn it opens our hearts to the forgiveness of our brothers and to reconciliation”.'
I'm not a priest, let alone a pontiff, so what would I know, but I'd imagine that good preparation is the key to papal homilies that can't be interpreted as supplying an excuse for people not to go to Mass. Not going to Mass will not pour light onto the blindness of the proud hearted. Going to Mass and being in the Presence of God can only help. Attendance on Sunday Mass and Holy Days are binding on Catholics, who commit mortal sin if they wilfully absent themselves. If you wilfully miss Mass one Sunday, you shouldn't receive Holy Communion the next until you've been to Confession, I would have thought.