A clergy friend, frustrated with the seeming unrelatedness of many of
the liturgical readings proposed by the Revised Common Lectionary, describes
the cherry picking among the various portions of scripture as having
been put together by drunken elves.
This is by no means an insult to the nobility of those of the Elven
Race as described by J.R.R. Tolkien, who long ago abandoned Middle
Earth to its fate -- a caution to those who use proof-texting to
justify compliance with Empire.