When I was in college a million years ago, there was a girl who was late for every class. All the students knew this and all the teachers. She was reprimanded by many of the instructors, but these corrections did not change her habit.
She got a job and was late constantly and fired. Whether she had a psychological problems, or merely bad habits, we who knew her never discovered.
I have met people since then, who are not reliable. If one makes a date to meet them, they are very late or do not show up for no serious reasons.
One states he will take one to the store and does not, always promising to help with shopping, but never does.
Another states she will have friends over for dinner, stating again and again, this will happen, and it never does. Another one tells his friends he will help out with a task and he never shows up. Sometimes, a person is so full of anxiety that that person cannot even manage his own life, much less be involved with others. Sometimes, people create a world of deceit about what one can and cannot do. Another may merely be so caught up in the self, that others simply do not orbit into the self-contained world.
I have been thinking of these human failings on a larger level. Christ gave us a parable concerning this type of person.
in Matthew's Gospel.
God created us to be responsible, realiable people and the Church needs such types. Being a good Catholic is not easy, and in fact, a daily challenge.
The key to being trustworthy has to do with being an integrated, truthful person, willing to face one's own limitations and sins.
One cannot do this without God's grace and the community of the Church. We might find ourselves in a situation where being reliable means standing up for the Faith in the most trying of circumstances.
I have just spent a day with reliable people, those who take responsibility for their spiritual life and who love God first. What a treat. And, what a treat to know a couple like this. Rare gifts.