One question parents begin to ask their childre at this time of year is: "What do you want for Christmas?"
In today’s gospel, Jesus poses a similar question to a person who is both poor and blind. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. It’s significant that Jesus was even aware of this person in the first place, because the crowd surrounding Jesus was trying to keep the man silent. Jesus had to actually stop everything and give an order that the man be brought to him.
You and I face a similar challenge. The poor are with us, just as they were in Jesus’ day. Yet the activity and crowds and noisy consumerism of the approaching Christmas season threaten to drown out the sound of their cries.
Like Jesus, maybe we need to literally stop everything for a moment, intentionally bring the poor to our attention and consciousness, and ask them our Lord’s question: "What do you want me to do for you?" Or, "What do you want for Christmas?"