In 1971, a song titled “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) was used in an advertisement for Coke and dominated the airwaves for years. The visual appeal of people on a mountaintop holding hands, combined with a catchy song about singing in perfect harmony, was surely an advertiser’s dream come true.
Perfect harmony, here on Earth, cannot be achieved even with the largest of advertising campaigns. We must settle for something less than perfect as long as we exist this side of Heaven. Until then, we are bound by our natural senses and the limitations of the human heart. We read in scripture:
“What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Cor. 2:9)
In Heaven, we can behold and encounter the perfect harmony that exists within and among the Blessed Trinity along with all the angels and saints. The three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love that served us so well on Earth will be brought to perfection in God’s kingdom. St. Paul explains:
“At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:12-13)
As we journey toward eternal life with God, we can live out our baptismal vows with the sure guidance of the Blessed Trinity. With the perfect harmony of Heaven as our hope, we can share the fellowship of the Holy Spirit here on Earth as noted in the following exhortation:
“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the holy ones greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11-13)