If you’re wondering what that smudge is on lots of people’s foreheads, well, it’s Ash Wednesday.
Today marks the beginning of the Lenten Season, which commemorates Jesus’ 40-day fasting and temptation in the wilderness, before beginning his public ministry, several years before He was crucified.
On this day, some Christians mark their foreheads with ash as a symbol of sorrow and mourning over their sin. Often, Job 42:5-6 is used to express this type sorrow. He said, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”