Brief Thought on Ash Wednesday

Jesus taught his followers not to make a public spectacle of their giving (Matthew 6:1).
Jesus taught his followers not to make a public spectacle of their prayers (Matthew 6:5).
Jesus taught his followers not to make a public spectacle of their fasting (Matthew 6:16).

See a pattern?

How proud do you think he is of everyone who has dirt on their face today, making a public spectacle of their repentance?

All of those things are good things, but making a public spectacle of them is an issue of pride and immaturity (and for some, an unbiblical obsession with errant tradition). Wash your face off and let the world see the effects of your repentance as you live your life.