In light of the Gospel reading, I washed off my ashes immediately after Mass. The reading really hit home with me.
When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.
However, did I take this verse too literally? Should I have left my ashes on my forehead as a witness to spreading the Good News?