Jesus speaking to Mary Magdalene: Jonh 20 : 17 Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Jesus speaking to Thomas: John 20: 27 Then He said to Thomas, " Put your fingers here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Was it a cultural thing? Did something happen in the time frame between Mary M. and Thomas? This was brought up in a sermon yesterday and I appreciate your responses...thank you.