Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.
Have you ever noticed how once a year, usually in February or March, there are a lot of people walking around with an ash cross on their foreheads? You probably knew it had something to do with Lent, but you weren’t sure why the ash cross was significant.
So Christians go out in public with a cross on their forehead to show other people that they (the Christians) are fasting.
Meanwhile the bible says:
And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces
so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be
seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret
will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)
I know it's rude, but I can't help laughing whenever I see a gullible Christian jumping through hoops like a trained dog which hasn't got a clue about what is really going on.