Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.
Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
So the Lord Jesus, seeing the heavy burden of the sinner, weeps…
He has compassion with His beloved, and says to him that is dead,
“Come forth,” that is [to say],
“You who lies in darkness of conscience, and in the squalor of your sins, as in the prison house of the guilty,
come forth, declare your sins that you may be justified.
For with the mouth confession is made unto salvation“ (Rom 10:10).
If you have confessed at the call of Christ
the bars will be broken, and every chain loosed,
even [if] the stench of bodily corruption be grievous.
St. Ambrose, Concerning Repentance Book II