“…and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it (Ezekiel 9:4)”
We wear lots of things; trendy clothes, labeled t-shirts, and name brand shoes. What we wear are visible signs of our preferences, what we like, revealing social identity and what a person values but what they don’t reveal is who you really are.
On Ash Wednesday Catholics and other Christians have ashes placed on their foreheads as a form of identity symbolizing penance and mourning. It is when those ashes fade that the true Christian is revealed.
Whether ashes on or ashes off let your identity be known as children of God through actions that demonstrate who you belong.