“Excuse me, you’ve got some dirt on your head.”
Ash Wednesday is just around the corner and every year someone says that to me on Ash Wednesday. Maybe it has happened to you too. In the past it used to frustrate me, but in recent years I have come to see it as a great opportunity to evangelize, to share with someone about the most important person in my life: Jesus Christ.
So, what do you say when folks ask you about that smudge on your forehead?
Here are a few responses that I would not recommend:
The Ignorant Response
‘I have to church and get them. I have no idea what they mean.’
The Sarcastic Response
‘I’m protesting showers. Today, ashes; tomorrow I’m going to swim in raw sewage.’
The Ridiculous Response
‘I have a big zit that I’m trying to cover up. Is it working?’
The Practical (but Misguided) Response
‘Better dirty on the outside of my head…