Navidad: ver con los ojos del corazón, Leonardo Boff

Estamos obligados a vivir en un mundo donde los artículos son el objeto más explícito del deseo de los niños y los adultos. Lo que se compra tiene que tener brillo y magia, si no, nadie lo compra. Habla más a los ojos codiciosos que al corazón amoroso. Dentro de esta dinámica se encuentra la figura de Papá Noel. Él es la elaboración comercial de San Nicolás –Santa Claus– cuya fiesta se celebra el día 6 de diciembre. Era obispo, nacido en el año 281 en la actual Turquía. Heredó de su familia una importante fortuna. En la época de Navidad salía vestido de obispo, todo de rojo, con un bastón y un saco con regalos para los niños. Se los entregaba con una notita donde decía que venían de parte del Niño Jesús.

Santa Claus dio origen al actual Papá Noel, creación de un dibujante de tiras cómicas norteamericano, Thomas Nast, en 1886, y posteriormente divulgado por la Coca-Cola, ya que en esta época de frío caía mucho el consumo. La imagen de ese buen viejito, vestido de rojo y con un saco a la espalda, bonachón, que da buenos consejos a los niños es la figura predominante en las calles y tiendas en tiempo de Navidad. Su patria de nacimiento habría sido Laponia, en Finlandia, donde hay mucha nieve, elfos, duendes y gnomos, y donde las personas se desplazan en trineos tirados por renos.

¿Existe Papá Noel? Fue la pregunta que Virginia, una niña de 8 años, hizo a su padre. Este le respondió: «Escribe al editor del periódico. Si él te dice que existe, es que realmente existe». Eso fue lo que hizo la niña. Y recibió esta hermosa respuesta:

Sí, Virginia, Papá Noel existe. Es tan cierto como que existen el amor, la generosidad y la devoción. Y tu sabes que todo eso existe, y da más belleza y alegría a nuestra vida. ¡Qué triste sería el mundo si no hubiese Papa Noel! Sería tan triste como si no existieran niñas como tú. No existiría la fe de los niños, ni la poesía y la fantasía que hacen nuestra existencia ligera y bonita. Pero para eso tenemos que aprender a ver con los ojos del corazón y del amor. Entonces percibimos que no hay ninguna señal de que Papá Noel no exista. ¿Que si existe Papá Noel? Gracias a Dios vive y vivirá siempre que haya niños grandes y pequeños que han aprendido a ver con los ojos del corazón.

Esto es lo que más falta nos hace hoy: la capacidad de rescatar la imaginación creadora para proyectar mejores mundos y ver con el corazón. Si existiese esto, no habría tanta violencia, ni niños abandonados ni el sufrimiento de la Madre Tierra devastada.

Para los cristianos es válida la figura del niño Jesús que tirita sobre las pajas, calentado por el aliento del buey y la mula. Me dijeron que, misteriosamente, a través de uno de los ángeles que cantaban en los campos de Belén, envió a todos los niños del mundo una tarjeta de navidad que dice:

Queridos hermanitos y hermanitas

Si miráis el pesebre y me veis ahí, sabiendo por el corazón que soy Dios-niño que no viene para juzgar sino para estar, alegre, con todos vosotros,

Si conseguís ver en los otros niños y niñas, especialmente en los más pobres, mi presencia en ellos,

Si lográis hacer renacer el niño escondido en vuestros padres y en los adultos para que surja en ellos el amor y la ternura,

Si al mirar el Belén notáis que estoy casi desnudo y os acordáis de tantos niños igualmente pobres y mal vestidos, y sufrís en el fondo de vuestros corazones por esta situación inhumana y deseáis que cambie verdaderamente,

Si al ver la vaca, el buey, las ovejas, las cabras, los perros, los camellos y el elefante, pensáis que el universo entero recibe mi amor y mi luz, y que todos, estrellas, piedras, árboles, animales y humanos formamos la gran Casa de Dios,

Si cuando miréis hacia lo alto y veáis la estrella con su cola recordáis que siempre hay una estrella sobre vosotros, que os acompaña, iluminándoos y mostrándoos los mejores caminos,

Sabed entonces que yo estoy llegando de nuevo y renovando la Navidad. Estaré siempre cerca de vosotros, caminando con vosotros, llorando con vosotros y jugando con vosotros, hasta aquel día, sólo Dios sabe cuando, en que estaremos todos juntos en la Casa de nuestro Padre y de nuestra Madre de bondad para vivir felices para siempre.

Belén, 25 de diciembre del año 1.

Firmado: Niño Jesús

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